Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Living Spiritual Rhythms - April 13

Many things in the writings of the apostle Paul are well represented in Greco-Roman literature and culture. Excessive drinking of wine, for instance, would have been problematic not only for Christians, but more generally for everyone. In addition to the socio-economic difficulties this caused, as addressed in the wider repertoire, Paul argues this is also a moral problem that is tied to spirituality – following the Crucified and Risen One. Paul has nothing against wine; just over-drinking it. For him there are the cultural taboos connected to this, but more significantly for Paul and his audience, ethical and spiritual orientations and the limits attached to them are to be carefully considered when drinking.