Thursday, December 27, 2007

My Post Christmas Rant

Christmas is over for this year. However, I still feel the need to rant about one particular thing.

In the great State of Michigan, it is illegal to sell alcohol after a certain hour on Christmas Eve or at any point on Christmas Day.

Banning the sale of alcohol on the day that commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ just seems ridiculous, in my opinion.

The fact of the matter is that alcohol in general, and wine in particular, was a fundamental part of Jesus' life and ministry.

In the second chapter of the Gospel of John, we are told a story of Jesus at a wedding feast at Cana. When the guests had consumed too much wine and their supply had run out, Jesus performed a miracle and made more of it.

The Gospel tells us that he made 6 firkins (150 gallons) of wine and that its quality of the best they had ever had. This means that not only did make a lot of it, he made sure to bring the good stuff.

Jesus continued to make wine a fundamental part of his life and ministry. For example, did Jesus serve Sprite to His Apostles at the Last Supper? No, he served wine.

Wine.

Alcohol.

That stuff that we here in Michigan aren't allowed to buy on the feast of Jesus' birth.

The Holy Chalice that Jesus used during that meal to serve wine is one of the mythical objects in the history of Christianity.

There is also the fact that some of the earliest brewers in Europe were monks - humble men who dedicated their lives to loving and serving God. And alcohol was a fundamental part of their lives, just as it was a part of Jesus' life.

Banning the sale of alcohol in Michigan is pure nonsense, in my opinion. It's the logical equivalent of the government banning the sale of cherries on George Washington's birthday.

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