Letter: 'God & Beer' article should not have been printedI’m sure that I, nor my Church that I pastor, are the only ones appalled by the recent article in the Globe titled "God & Beer" (Thursday, October 23, 2008).
By: The Rev. Jim Sickmeyer, Pastor, Worthington Baptist Temple, Worthington Daily Globe
I’m sure that I, nor my Church that I pastor, are the only ones appalled by the recent article in the Globe entitled God & Beer (Thursday, October 23, 2008). The Lost Abbey, the featured business, may have been a hit at the Great American Beer Festival but that should have been all the notoriety that blasphemous business should have received. God says in His word that, “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” Proverbs 20:1 Then there is this verse as well, “Woe unto him that giveth his neighbor drink, that puttest the bottle to him, and makest him drunken also...” Habakkuk 2:15.
I could go on with many more verses that show God’s attitude toward alcohol. Alcohol has destroyed more lives and ruined more marriages and families than most other issues. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 100,000 deaths occur each year due to alcohol. I’m sure God is not happy about that. Isn’t it amazing how alcohol brings out the hypocrisy in society? Many people want to have their beer gardens, liquor stores and so on, but when a loved one is killed by a drunk driver or themselves are drunk and cause an accident or end up dying from some other alcohol related issue, then all of the sudden, the situation changes and now they demand that something be done about it. Do we not call that situational ethics?
The Lost Abbey certainly lives up to its name in the spiritual sense. They are calling good, evil; and evil, good. They may have started as the article states, with their product “Damnation” and attempted to counter it with their product “Salvation” but neither or any of their products come even close to what those terms are really speaking to us about.
I appreciate the past articles that have been written in the Globe in the Religion section and the fairly unbiased approach. But printing this article on God & Beer was over the top and should not have happened as far as I’m concerned. I sincerely believe that I am not alone in my opinion on this and I welcome hearing from anyone who agrees or disagrees with me for that matter. As for the Lost Abbey, they may want to reevaluate and repent before it’s too late.