I’ve always found it silly when a friend of mine in seminary would insist on tackling deep theological topics or try to convert someone to believe in Christ whilst they were hammered.
I found it silly because he could barely string together understandable sentences. The conversation will be filled with slurred and made up words. No one knew what they were saying. But I suppose those involved in the conversation knew what was being discussed. Only to never remember what was really discussed the following day.
But, I’m being snarky and a bit judgmental, so do forgive me.
Last night, I came across this story (via Angry Asian Man).
To summarize the story, Douglas Yim and two friends were drinking, doing cocaine, and playing video games when the conversation of God and God’s existence came up.
Douglas’ friends mocked him for his belief in God, and after being badgered (with taunts like, “where’s your God now” after losing video games), snapped, grabbed his gun and shot his friend 6 times, killing him.
It’s an awful story… and I think I’ll just leave it at that.
3 thoughts on “Don’t Drink, Do Drugs, and Argue Theology…?”
So I guess this means the Pizza/ Beer / Bible studies that have swept American campuses is out?
I think those are awesome.
I am in the school of thought that a great conversation really can’t take place after the 8th shot of Tequila… but, maybe I’m just a lightweight and a prude.
Oh. And cocaine. Don’t know how cocaine can contribute to an enlightening discussion either…
Joseph … If it’s just a great conversation you are correct. Whether the addiction is physical or psychological they are rooted in the spiritual. Alcohol, Opiates or any other Designer or Mind Altering drugs …they all affect the whole being.
I have been an addict myself and in retrospect I must say that some of the most impacting discussions on theology, spirituality and God occurred under the influence. God often times throughout Scripture meets people right where they are.
I am not suggesting that God intends to meet people that are in that situation, rather that He is not bound or limited and is able to communicate Himself no matter what the situation may be.
It’s good to know that drugs don’t enhance a discussion necessarily, and it is good to not put God to foolish testing…. but it is also good not to underestimate the power of our Living God.
I think our different perspectives on this matter is enlightening.
Thanks for your time and response….. ” As Iron Sharpens Iron ” ( there’s bound to be sparks)
In His Grip and with His Love …..