Douglas Wilson drinks. He's a drinker. He imbibes. He's into alcohol. He's a Christian. He'll let you know that Christians can drink alcohol. Various brews. Dark. Light. Stout. Lager, Amber. The Bar. The Pub. Tip them back. Nurse them. Marijuana, however, no. He says, no way. No tokes. No drags. No puffs. Grass is bad. Uh-huh.
With a classic Wilsonesque title, "Two Birds With One Stoner," he writes on June 11 about his beloved alcohol:
Now while Scripture warns us against the abuse of alcohol, that same Bible sets alcoholic gifts before us as legitimate gifts from God—aesthetic gifts, gifts for your thirst, sacramental gifts, and so on.
"Alcoholic gifts." You won't find anything close to that in the Bible. Alcohol isn't called a gift. The only reference to actual alcohol in the Bible, since there was no word for alcohol available for the biblical writers, is in Proverbs 23:31:
Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright."When it is red" and "moveth itself aright" are descriptions, since a word didn't exist. They mean "alcoholic." "Look not thou upon the wine when it is alcoholic." My favorite gift in his list is "and so on," equal to the others in his list in veracity. Wilson's next line reads:
It is noteworthy that the only thing that pot does for you—get you buzzed—is the one use prohibited concerning alcohol.I'm sure marijuana users could also speak of aesthetics at least, and so on.
I would argue that alcohol is as much or more a problem than pot. Maybe pot smokers violently beat their wife and children. I hadn't heard. I know alcohol users do in great numbers. Murderous alcohol users, also the ones who drive their cars into innocent victims like heat seeking missiles. And the statists redistribute their alcohol tax in exponentially greater amounts than the cannabis cash.
Belly up to the hypocrisy.