I think the church gives the unsaved exactly what they expect and there in lies my issue with that argument. The scripture concerning the least of these has all to do with the goats not feeding, clothing, etc.. The needy and the sheep doing these things, it has nothing to do with the needy seeing someone drink alcohol or not. I don't think whether Mother Teresa drank wine or not would make anyone question whether she was Christ like or not, she lived it for all to see by meeting the needs of her world, she personified the definition of a sheep in Matthew 25. My conviction is that I should be more like a sheep and that is my witness. The world has seen there share of tetotalers who look like goats. Tolkien and Lewis both lived very modestly, they gave most of what they earned away and felt very strongly that that was what showed Christ to the unsaved world. I feel I had lost sight for years of what being a Christian really means. I think God makes it clear in Matthew 25 what he expects from us and I am very far from that. I want to say though, I am not judging the Christian who decides not to drink for whatever reason, I'm not on a crusade to get Christians drinking. I'm just saying what I feel God has shown me. If I could ever not be a witch to my children, a brat to my friends, a help to someone in need and a kind heart to a stranger, I think I'd look a lot more like a sheep. I'm working on it daily.

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Anonymous said…
I don't mean to oversimplify...but this did just happen to be my daily reading for July 31

Romans 14
The Weak and the Strong
1Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. 2One man's faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. 3The man who eats everything must not look down on him who does not, and the man who does not eat everything must not condemn the man who does, for God has accepted him. 4Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
5One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. 6He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord. He who eats meat, eats to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who abstains, does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7For none of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies to himself alone. 8If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
9For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living. 10You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God's judgment seat. 11It is written:
" 'As surely as I live,' says the Lord,
'every knee will bow before me;
every tongue will confess to God.' "[a] 12So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.
13Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother's way. 14As one who is in the Lord Jesus, I am fully convinced that no food[b] is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for him it is unclean. 15If your brother is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy your brother for whom Christ died. 16Do not allow what you consider good to be spoken of as evil. 17For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, 18because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men.
19Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. 20Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a man to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. 21It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall.
22So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the man who does not condemn himself by what he approves. 23But the man who has doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.
Anonymous said…
Mother Teresa certainly loved and helped others, however all indications is that she was not a born again believer (as she believed Catholic theology).

Note these quotes from a 1984 speech:

“At the word of a priest, that little piece of bread becomes the body of Christ, the Bread of Life.”

“Mary … is our patroness and our Mother, and she is always leading us to Jesus.”

Both statements are false.

Please uphold Mother Teresa for her good works, but not as a Christian.