The folks at Lifeway have done a very helpful survey of pastors, both Southern Baptist and non Southern Baptist, and protestant laity over the issue of alcohol. This was a scientific study (not a blog poll) where the issues are: do you think its a sin to drink? Do you personally drink? Do you think the consumption of alcohol will attract/detract a person from coming to Christ? I’m glad someone decided to do this study, if for no other reason than to get a good pulse on what the current church climate is.
Here’s some of their findings I find most interesting:
1. Almost half of laity agree Christians should not drink and that abstaining may attract non-believers to Jesus Christ
2. More laity who are Southern Baptist agree not drinking alcohol attracts non-believers to Jesus Christ
3. Older and younger laity do not differ in their agreement that not drinking alcohol attracts non-believers to Jesus Christ
4. More senior pastors than laity agree Scripture forbids getting drunk, but more laity agree people should never drink alcohol
Evidently, alcohol is a major evangelistic issue for many people. And they are convinced that the absence of an alcoholic drink makes Jesus Christ more attractive to non-believers.
Now, we need someone to do a study of non-Christians and ask them what they think.
note: all sarcasm has been graciously omitted from this post. Ok, I guess I left a little of it in the title.