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It’s easy to think that God doesn’t want us to have fun when the people around us are drinking, partying, and seem to be having a great time. But it’s deeper than that. God is not just being a stick in the mud or making rules for no good reason. He is against drunkenness to protect us and others.
When people say that God doesn’t want us to have fun, it’s a lie. When we follow the commands God has given us in his word, we’ll have true joy. That’s why Jesus said this in John 15:
John 15:10-11 When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!
Drinking alcohol itself isn’t a sin, but drunkenness is (Ephesians 5:18). All sin has consequences. Just like kindness has a positive ripple effect, drunkenness has negative effects. If we truly love him and want to follow him, we will obey his commands. That’s why Jesus says:
John 14:15 If you love me, obey my commandments.
If nothing else, we should not get drunk and party because God tells us not to.