Life off the grid in the SW Texas desert. An experiment in sustainable living. NUMBERS AT THE END OF EACH BLOG POST: temp at 8PM,high temp,low temp,rainfall,wind conditions(CalmBreezyWindyGusty). Live streaming video at http://ustre.am/TM8N
Sunday, December 29, 2013
In all the places that I have lived - never has there been such a place that glorifies alcoholism like Terlingua. Local law enforcement even has an unwritten policy to let the locals do as they might when it comes to drinking and driving. I have had my fair share of drugs and alcohol since my early 20's. Once I got to the desert, I found it very easy to pound down 12 - 15 beers during a long hot day. If I wasn't careful, I would end up like the multitudes out here that drink themselves to oblivion every night. I know several locals that start their day with a six pack and keep going till they black out for the night. One in particular has gotten so many DUI's that he decided he would just rather give up his right to drive in order to keep drinking himself to death. When I came to Christ, I decided that I would rather not join the Terlingua Drinking Team. The Bible does not require us to abstain completely from alcohol. I partake in great moderation now. Alcohol is not a necessity of life. In God’s eyes, one does not have to drink to show maturity, virility or sociability. And because of the enormous destruction caused by alcohol abuse today, many people have decided that it is better to abstain even if the Bible does not require us to. It's all a matter of showing respect for the body that God has gifted you with and keeping your wits about you. I am reminded of an old ad on TV from many years ago..."If you drink a lot of beer - you drink a lot."
Proverbs 20:1Wine is a mocker , strong drink is raging : and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.