Dashiki Dialogues: Sunday booze ban is anti-Christian

2011-06-11 08:29

Banning the sale and consumption of alcoholic drinks on Sundays on the basis of religion is actually anti-Christian! Yeah, I said it.

Now, hold up, pay attention and hear me out. You may want to call Gauteng’s economic development MEC Qedani Mahlangu. She did, after all, propose that this ­

un-Christ-like idea be made into law. Mahlangu and her department are apparently drafting legislation to prohibit over-the-counter liquor sales on Sundays.

Wow! Now I’m guessing Sundays are made holy by their Christian designation.

But wait, why not Friday? Our Muslim fellow citizens are at mosques then and deserve similar courtesy.

Perhaps Saturday too. It’s the Sabbath for our Jewish fellows. You see, I think a more secular reasoning is the only sensible approach for law-making in democracies.

Anyway, here’s my take on the privileged position enjoyed by booze in the Bible and in Christ’s ministry to be specific.

You see, I’ve observed that John 2:1-11 documents Jesus going to a wedding and finding the festivities going bland for lack of wine.

Christ, we are taught, then proceeded to turn water into wine. Apparently the best man has ever tasted.

Now that’s something!

Hey, I said pay attention. You can jump up once I’m done. You see, before this fateful wedding day, he had just been preaching. Hence this became his first miracle.

So you might say his ministry was transformed when he turned water into wine, giving us what some of my friends call Jesus juice.

Now can our MEC not see the gravity of this event and its implication for wine in Christian culture?

If you ask me, this in fact demands a special day for wine drinking to mark and celebrate Christ’s graduation, if you will.

But you don’t have to take my word for it. I mean you probably won’t even see that wine – and not orange juice or water, for that matter – was recommended by Christ himself as a beverage of choice to remember him with.

Remember that part in the Last Supper where he raised a cup and said: “This is my blood, drink it blah, blah, blah . . . Do this to remember me. . .”

Yeah! Get my drift now?

And some of you right now are thinking that these are the ramblings of an angry wine enthusiast with a dodgy take on scripture.

However, you may benefit from learning that I’m a notorious party pooper. I even get the last invitation to parties because I’m actually not that eager on booze.

Still, I’ll be the first to throw my toys out of the cot, so to speak, if I can’t have Jesus juice at my regular Dashiki Dialogues based on somebody’s religious choices.

This is a secular democracy. There, I said it.

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