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Which sin is greater?

Published 12:10pm Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Dear Editor,

I find it interesting and somewhat amusing to a degree to see what level the opponents against legalized alcohol sales will go to, in order to gain support.

They claim higher crime rates, drunks lying along the roadside, elevated DUI arrests – the list is endless. Yet, at the same time, they haven’t done the research themselves, and spoke with representatives from other communities about what little changed after they went wet, other than the increased tax revenue, additional jobs available, and the decrease in alcohol related situations.

Another interesting fact is that the churches and their members that are involved in this, refuse to acknowledge that Jesus turned water into wine. Biblically, you can’t say that wine was grape juice, for then the negative statements in scripture of abusing wine or strong drink, make no sense.

Those who say that it is only grape juice tend to focus just on the neutral and positive passages about the drinking of wine, conveniently allowing them to condemn the drinking of any alcohol at all times. The Bible teaches that wine is a blessing from the Lord. Just like everything else, it can be abused, involving alcoholism, domestic situations, etc.

On the same token, when people condemn or attempt to block others from enjoying God’s gifts in moderation, as though they were abusers, they misrepresent biblical Christianity.

Whether we go wet or stay dry, some modern Christians will argue that drinking any form of wine or strong drink is a sin. They will protest, threaten and boycott businesses, march, hold rallies, and campaign against anyone that supports issues that involve a legal substance, that in moderation is not a sin.

By doing the aforementioned, Biblically, what they are doing, is a sin. Which of the two is of the greater sin? Or, is their no difference? A sin is a sin!

Mike Dowdy


  • Olde Hickory

    We are once again at the point where select individuals are trying to use church parishioners as political pawns. Alcohol is legal to own and use in Hartselle. The selling of alcohol and getting sales tax is a fiscal issue. The citizens of Hartselle need to understand this. I realized that not everyone that consumes adult beverage legally in their homes does it responsibility, but I believe that responsible drinkers should be able to purchase these adult beverages in Hartselle. We all need to remember one fact, the individuals who abuse alcohol will purchase it anywhere they can. We do not need to punish the city as a whole because of someone’s fears about our city becoming a lawless city with drunken derelicts on every street corner and drunk drivers racing down Main Street at all hours of the day or night.

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