What Faith Do We Sing?



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What an opening

Interesting take on the commonality of the 5 top hymns. But "beer and hymns" for the hip? It breaks my heart for the many, many people affected by the results of alcohol. Many Christians choose to justify consuming alcohol and tut-tut at alcoholism. Society has us in its thrall and we want to be seen as "in". Just some thoughts! I am sure they will be scoffed at by many.

Arlene Green more than 3 years ago

Interesting but

Blaming alcohol for bad behavior related to it is like blaming a car for an accident.

I've noticed by and large, Episcopalians tend to be happier than those from fundagelical sects, but also that they drink more. So it goes. An old joke goes, "Whenever four Episcopals are gathered, usually there's a fifth." We Methodists have a dark history of having supported Prohibition which was enacted in the U.S. by constitutional amendment from 1919 to 1933. It is the only constitutional amendment ever repealed and for good reason: it was an utter failure. By and large we have tried to hope people think, "That was the Baptists, it wasn't us." But, oh, it was, and in no small part to our xenophobia and aversion to late 19th and early 20th Century immigrants whose culture included a more routine consumption of alcohol: Italians, Jews, Poles, Czechs, Germans, Scandinavians, French Canadians, Hispanics, etc. Another old joke goes "The difference between Methodists and Baptists is we Methodists say hello to one another at the liquor store rather than pretending we don't see each other as they do." Our racist history is something we should atone for.

Alcohol causes problems, but accepting its existence is only realistic. After all, the founder of our Faith (Christ, not Wesley, LOL) was derided as a drunkard and a glutton. Next we'll be shaming those who partake at Burger King.

George Nixon Shuler more than 3 years ago

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