Thursday, May 6th, 2010
"Pay attention to yourselves that your hearts never become weighed down with overeating and heavy drinking and anxieties of life." (Luke 21:34)
How can we be sure that the world's spirit has not poisoned our senses as to the dangers of overeating or heavy drinking? We might ask ourselves: 'How do I react upon reading counsel in the Bible or in our publications about gluttony? Am I inclined to dismiss this admonition as irrelevant or extreme, perhaps offering excuses or justification for my ways? What is my view of the advice about alcohol, using it -if at all- in moderation and definitely avoiding "drunken bouts"? Do I minimize such advice, feeling that it for some reason does not apply to me? If others express concern about my drinking do I become defensive or angry? Do I encourage others to downplay such Bible counsel?' Yes, a person's attitude is a gauge as to whether he is succumbing to the world's spirit. (Compare Romans 13:11-14)
(Watchtower issue: 9/15/08, 4:12, 14)
Aside from the danger of causing us to become physically drowsy and sluggish, which would slow down our spiritual progress (like the comparison scripture in Romans brings out) I wanted to mention an additional point to consider:
These two topics are getting targeted more and more in the media now, by health professionals and parents, due to the increase in obesity-related health issues and alcoholism. -So that's another important reason to keep *moderation* in mind, -in order not to bring reproach upon Jehovah's name.
Because imagine what a stumbling block that could be to others, if we weren't taking the Bible's counsel seriously (when we're supposed to be living by it), yet many non-religious individuals in the general public, (who don't even respect the Bible's position) are expressing such a growing concern over it.
Not to mention the fact, that DUI laws are very strict now, so making the mistake of overindulging and driving (even just once), can result in enormous fines, jail time, and loss of privileges in the congregation. So you can really see how God's requirements serve as a protection for us (even from a secular/worldly standpoint)...I'm really starting to have a deeper appreciation of why Jehovah instructs us to keep our conduct "above reproach" and "without spot"...especially with the way people's private lives and all their flaws & mistakes are highlighted and gossiped about in the news media and all over the internet.