Blogs, Social Media and Beer

People who write about beer on blogs often say they abstain if they know they are around people (in person) who have problems with alcohol, so as not to cause them to stumble. Shouldn’t this be the case with writing about it on blogs and social media too? Many of the young, restless and reformed seem to be into beer (not that there’s anything wrong with that) and writing about it.

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4 Responses to “Blogs, Social Media and Beer”

  1. 1 Dave Moser

    This reminds me of the advice John MacArthur gave to the YRR crowd a few months back. He wanted to make sure that the doctrines of grace didn’t get eclipsed by Christian freedom. I’m not sure why alcohol is a signature of the resurgence of Calvinism in west.

    You raise an interesting point: Did Paul anticipate the use of international communication when he discussed causing a brother to stumble in Rom 14? My initial answer was “no.” However, after further reflection, I realized that the letter of Romans was itself international communication – just slower than blogs. Now I’m not so sure.

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    I remember that post. There was some vitriol towards him as usual but he was just trying to be mature and reasonable.

    I think it was you who raised the interesting point. Something for me/us to think about. Thanks for commenting.

  3. 3 Dave Moser

    This post has stuck in the back of my mind for a while now. I’m wondering what Paul meant when he said “cause a brother to stumble” and whether reading about alcohol use on a blog could actually cause that in the first place.

    In my understanding, there is a huge difference between placing a temptation to drink in front of a recovering alcoholic (causing to stumble) and simply offending someone who doesn’t believe alcohol is permitted for Christians (not tempting them to sin). I know blogs can do the latter, but not so sure they can do the former.

    What do you think?

  4. 4 Scripture Zealot

    It’s a tough one. With blogs, you don’t know who’s reading. Although they’re not in the presence of alcohol, describing the beer you had and how much you enjoyed it could be enough for somebody out there to stumble. But then so could a lot of other things. I’m not exactly sure what “cause a brother to stumble” might mean in different situations either.

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