Yes we drank beer, my friends and I, boys and girls. Yes, we drank beer, I like beer, I still like beer, we drank beer. The drinking age, as I noted, was 18, so the seniors were legal, senior year in high school people were legal to drink. Yeah, we drank beer, and I said sometimes, sometimes probably had too many beers, and sometimes other people had too many beers. We drank beer, I like beer.
But Maryland's minimum legal drinking age for beer and wine was changed to 21 from 18 in July 1982, during the summer before Kavanaugh's senior year. It was already 21 for hard liquor. Therefore, any drinking that Kavanaugh did in the state of Maryland during high school was illegal.
Residents who had turned 18 by that time were grandfathered in and allowed to drink legally. Kavanaugh was 17 at the time.
It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink: Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.
Two weeks of Kavanaugh's summer calendar were titled "Beach Week." What do kids do at beach week? Alcohol drinking ones? The party life, which includes alcohol, is what the Bible calls, "riotous living." Paul wrote in Romans 13:13:
Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering.One of the qualifications of a pastor is that his children are not accused of riotous living. -- not him, his children -- "having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly" (Titus 1:6).
The word "riot" in Titus 1:6 is translated "excess" in Ephesians 5:18, which says, "be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess." I was reading an article recently that quoted the same verse in the ESV, that reads, "And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery." That translation leads people astray on the meaning of the verse. It goes against the grammar.
In the grammar, the real grammar, in the wine is excess, riot, or debauchery, not the act of getting drunk or drunkenness. The ESV misleads, and I think people are glad to have it. There are five Greek words in a row -- oino en ho estin asotia (noun, preposition, relative pronoun, verb, noun). Literally, they mean "wine in which is debauchery." The relative pronoun and the noun agree. The debauchery is in the wine.
Kavanaugh isn't a choir boy. Kavanaugh is another Roman Catholic jurist, whose alcohol doesn't clash with his Christanity and his judgment.