Thursday, August 18, 2005

Beer and the Bible

I have just found the best verse in the whole Bible. I have no idea how I missed it before since it is in a book I have read several times. I was researching 'The Bible and child rights' for World Vision and I went to the verses I knew in Proverbs about '..speaking up for those who cannot speak up for themselves..' and was about to hang a sermon outline on that when I saw it.

I saw it. Lights went on. Gongs sounded. The holy angels manifested themselves in my study (that's not so tricky but demanifesting; now there's an art). The landlords of the six public houses within 400 yards of my front door let out a whoop of industrial-strength empathy.

Read it. Don't trust me. Read it. Proverbs 31:6

'Give beer to those who are perishing,
wine to those who are in anguish;
let them drink and forget their poverty
and remember their misery no more.'

I have spent most of this week drinking with those who needed comfort. Now I know that what I have been doing all my life (since age 18) intuitively is thoroughly biblical.

Pint? The London Pride at the Somerville is exceptionally good this week. It is a place people go to drink and talk.


Darren said...

But are you reading too much into that text? yes, it does say 'give them booze' (my translation) but it doesn't say you can have any also ;-)

Finker said...

The Kemble Brewery in Cheltenham has to match it. Tiny pub, bit dingy, great bar, great garden. Guest Beers at the moment:

Taylors' Best (house beer)
Cat's Whiskers
Fox's Nob
And another I can't remember.

But I do love my London Pride.