Thanksgiving, Alcohol and Anger
Millions of Americans will gather tomorrow for Thanksgiving. A time do thank Our Savior for what He did on the Cross to save us from eternal punishment.
It’s also a time to gather in a home to eat heartily and, perhaps, to over indulge in alcohol.
Is it the truth?
Later, a spouse might say: “Sorry, I didn’t mean it, I just had too much to drink.” Is it a true statement.? No. They meant it. It’s just that the alcohol removed the judgment filter that we all have in our brains. Therefore, when they actually spoke the words or displayed the behavior it was the truth. This is what they wanted to say or behave and the alcohol gave them permission.
It’s the same with anger. We strike out at another with an outburst (maybe with the help of alcohol). We say things we later regret, but are we telling the truth? Well, it may or may not have been a slight exaggeration, but the basic truth was present in the moment. We regret it, but we meant it.
Paul says to take every thought and make it captive to Christ (2 Cor. 10:5). Can we think clearly when we are drinking too much or when we fail to choose Christlike anger? “Think” about it.