Driving Jesus To Drink
" ‘Sunday is God’s day’, he said. ‘We shouldn’t be out sipping on wine
and whiskey.’—What a bunch of BS. Why should I have to suffer because a
handful of bible-thumpers decide on a lark that drinking on Sunday is
bad. You know what Jesus would do? He’d drive over to the next county
with me and that way we could split a twelve pack."
This semi-lucid statement comes from the comment section of the Louisville-Courier that reports Sheperdsville Rejects Sunday Alcohol Sales.
As you may recall, all of Colorado recently turned the other cheek and instituted Sunday alcohol sales. More and more this type of battle fascinates me and there is no lack of battles over when and where people can legally down a 12-pack with Jesus. It would be helpful if Jesus actually came out definitively on one side or the other on the issue of tippling and the Sabbath. It would clear up what appears to be a couple of controversial questions: What does Jesus think of drinking? And, was the water Jesus turned into wine just for display purposes or did he do is magic for drink’in purposes?
When I read these stories I’m reminded of why in my early college years I turned from English to History as a Major and even went on to get the MA in history: the diversity of people and thought in America is astounding. Even before the great migrations to the U.S. beginning with the Germans, then the massive Irish influx, then the Italian and middle European arrivals all the way up to the Latino migration to the U.S of the current day, America was a country of diverse people with a wide variety of ideas on what was right and wrong. At the beginning of the 18th century the Massachusetts Puritans and Calvinists didn’t think much of the much more accepting Quakers in Pennsylvania, while the more private affair that was Anglicanism in the South tended to be content with a faith the helped identify the gentry.
Alcohol laws are but one lens through which to view the local cultures of the United States. In a way it makes great Jeffersonian sense to give localities the power to enact and control their laws concerning sin. There are indeed many different views as to what constitutes a sin.
And yet, we don’t know for sure whether Jesus would indeed drive 30 miles on a Sunday to cross state or county lines to get his hands on a 12 pack. That’s the real question, isn’t it?