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Alcohol – Not for Kings & Lawyers

Posted March 1, 2008 by jim young in Lifestyle

– jim young

When Henry Miller wrote the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn both were banned in the United States. The ban was lifted in 1961 and by the time Henry Miller died at the age of 87 in 1980, the books were considered “breakthroughs in the use of realistic language and sensual image” 1

While taste may be a matter of individual judgement, censorship is often a measuring stick of acceptable community standards of the day. That these “community standards” are so often fickle is evident in the above example and hundreds of others that exist. Who, today, could comprehend for example that the simple lyrics of I Can’t Get No Satisfaction by the Rolling Stones would have once been considered so offensive that it was banned from airplay? The Beatles, on the other hand, released a song with a chorus of “tit-tit-tit-tits” just to see if they could sneak it past the censors, which of course they did in the song Girl on their Rubber Soul album.

One book, that has passed the censors scrutiny for hundreds of years despite its tales of drunkenness, sex, incest and debauchery, however, is the bible. (I can almost feel the lack of oxygen from the universal gasps from the masses as they read this now.)

It is not my intention to debate the validity of the bible here. There is no dispute that it was written by men. Whether or not they were truly guided by the hand of god or were just a bunch of horny, drunken monks and false prophets is another matter.

But it is pretty much universally accepted by christians – both real and fake and so-called biblical scholars that the book of Proverbs is generally a book of “good advice”. By today’s standards, however, who would expect to be told that drinking alcohol to the point of inebriation and falling-down-drunk would be good advice for the poor and depressed? (Unless of course you’re the Prime Minister or a judge. Perhaps this is where the expression “sober as a judge” came from.)

At least that’s my interpretation of the following passage. No doubt I will be accused of taking the section out of context or misinterpretation because as a non-christian I am not “guided by god”, so I urge you to check it out for yourself and come to your own conclusions. This passage was taken from The New American Standard Bible, 1979 edition, distributed by the gideons but I think you’ll find the text similar in other versions of the bible as well.

So let me know what you think. Is this what Proverbs, Chapter 31 is telling you? Or do you have another interpretation that you’d like to share with us.

Proverbs Chapter 31
The words of King Lemuel, the oracle which his mother taught him,
2 What, O my son?
And what, O son of my womb?
And what, O son of my vows?
3 Do not give your strength to women,
Or your ways to that which destroys kings.
4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel,
It is not for kings to drink wine,
Or for rulers to desire strong drink.
5 Lest they drink and forget what is decreed,
And pervert the rights of all the afflicted.
6 Give strong drink to him who is perishing,
And wine to him whose life is bitter.
7 Let him drink and forget his poverty,
And remember his trouble no more.

1 Chronicle of the 20th Century, copyright 1995 Dorling Kindersley

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