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Alcohol_Should-Christians-DrinkAmong Christians, few topics are as hotly contested and polarizing as the use of alcohol. Those who abstain (teetotalers) are usually very opposed to its use, and those who partake usually find the teetotalers as legalistic Pharisees. But in my observation of these two groups, each has a tendency to fall into extremes – unhelpful and unbiblical views – furthering the divide between the drinkers and the nondrinkers. So lets take a look at these two ditches one can fall into and see how we can avoid them. (more…)

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In a 2006 speech at a “Call to Renewal” event, senator and soon-to-be President Barack Obama explained to the crowds the difficulty of using the Bible to effect policy. He said, “Which passages of Scripture should guide our public policy? Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is ok and that eating shellfish is an abomination? How about Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith?”[1] Although many Christians are uncomfortable at the suggestion of abolishing the influence of the Bible from public policy, they realize the difficulty in understanding how many of these obscure passages of the Mosaic Law relate to followers of Christ today. Many of the laws and regulations written in the first five books of the Bible appear antiquated and odd, yet some are strikingly relevant and obviously true today. Since God inspired the books of the Law, they are obviously important, but how do they apply to us? How are we to determine what is applicable and what is not? Is there even a purpose in reading it?

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