To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others: “We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.”
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, “He has a demon.” The Son of Man [Jesus] came eating and drinking, and they say, “Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and ‘sinners.’” But wisdom is proved right by her actions.
There are a few points in the above passage. First it’s a commentary of the manipulative nature of some people. Those people who act like immature children, constantly escalating the situation, or just can’t just come clean with their motives, but have to put on a show to push you around in one way or another, constantly testing you.
They expend a bunch of effort to influence you for their selfish purposes, and get mad when you don’t fall in their trap or dance when they “send a message” it’s time for you to dance. They try to manipulate you into seeking their praise instead of the praise of God. But the trap is, you can never satisfy them, like an abusive spouse, no matter what you do it’s always wrong; and they are certain to let you know that.
What else can we glean? There were people who were seriously opposed to Jesus — and John the baptizer — and did their best to slander them. In an attempt to hide the shame of their own actions, they tried to make it seem like what John and Jesus did was shameful. With regard to the Drug War we see this often, most notably after Drug Warriors kill people (or pets). They try to hide the shame of their killings by saying such things as, “just doing our job,” and “(the victim) shouldn’t have been doing _______.”
We can see from the quote that Jesus wasn’t a self-righteous snob; he didn’t hide himself from people he knew were going to slander him and he often sought out the people who were despised.
We can also see that Jesus drank alcohol. Some people try to make claims that Jesus didn’t drink alcohol, they say that when you read “wine” in the New Testament, it really just means “grape juice.” Ha! How many people get drunk from grape juice? No, they’re wrong. Jesus drank alcohol.
Calling Jesus a drunkard is the same as saying all use is abuse and only shows hints of the addiction in waiting.
Obviously Jesus drank wine recreationally as well as sacramentally.
Dear Drug Warriors & prohibitionists, you damage your souls — your chances of eating at the banquet you can read about elsewhere in Jesus’ teachings, and you damage your chances of getting into God’s city — the more you say those foul things and ram Drug War down our throats. It’s in the Bible, the more you trash things, the more likely you will end up on the trash heap. Not put there by human hands or by God’s hands, but by your own.
Whatever shred of credibility you may have, completely goes away as your wild claims are tested and found to be false, like the claims that marijuana is Devil’s Weed, claims that marijuana is more dangerous than heroin, and blah blah woof woof on down the line, but I guess you are only doing what your father does.
Just read Matthew 25:31-46 to learn that there will be surprises as to who gets in God’s kingdom and who doesn’t. This is not the only passage from Jesus which notes this, but those are quotes to examine another day. Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, it’s not to late to repent! There are many groups in the Explore More sidebar block you can contact to join and/or donate money to.