No Thank You

“Would you care for something to drink?” the host asked of his guest. “We have wine, beer, soft drinks, and iced tea.”

“I am a Christian. I don’t drink,” was the reply.

The comeback sentence, appropriately, could have been, “I’m a Christian, and I do.”

I’m thinking that the guest meant drink alcoholic beverages. I imagine she drinks water.

But how did that sentence strike you? Kind of like an in-your-face challenge of I’m better than you.

A simple, “Just water, please” would have been sufficient. And friendly.

I go to many receptions or networking events or dinners because of business. I’ve seen no one disrespected for what they drank or not. Only the person who goes out of control with drunkenness.

Paul, the apostle, freely gave lots of advice on living. Some of it weird. But he consistently opposed over indulgence. He hated drunkenness. He hated sexual passion. But he did advise his young mentee Timothy to take a little wine.

Or, as Jesus once said, let your yes be yes and your no be no.

No, thank you, is appropriate with no further explanation needed.

One Response to “No Thank You”

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