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Contemporary Comments 2015
Women and Wine
Texts: Proverbs 31, Job 29:15, Proverbs 8, 1 Corinthians 1:21, Revelation 14:13
In an ironic twist, a popular actor who plays a character that is a “hard-drinking” character was recently released from a 30-day program for alcohol abuse. He voluntarily admitted himself into the treatment center. CNN.com, writing about his treatment quipped, “Probably one of the most-used words in Hollywood—aside from ‘scandal’ is ‘rehab.’ It seems nearly every celebrity has sought treatment at one point or another .. . .” 
The World Health Organization reports that worldwide, the harmful use of alcohol is a causal factor in more than 200 disease and injury conditions. And shockingly, 3.3 million deaths every year result from harmful use of alcohol. This represent 5.9 % of all deaths. 
Nothing good ever comes from alcohol use—and alcohol, combined with consistent interactions with ungodly women, will always result in negative consequences.
This week’s Sabbath School lesson discusses the importance of not just knowing the right things to do, but actually applying the wisdom that God has given in two key areas of our lives. The lesson highlights humanity’s tendency towards intemperance and addresses the importance of having wisdom and exercising discernment when choosing the things that have profound influences in our lives—both for good and bad. It’s true that the two things covered in this week’s Sabbath School lesson: the types of relationships and diet we choose, can either greatly benefit us or break us.
The connection between romantic relationships and alcohol are unmistakable:
1. Both can be “intoxicating” and test our abilities to make good decisions. 2. Both issues can quickly become a slippery slope because both are dealing with urges and desires that God has naturally placed in all of us: intimacy and thirst. 3. Both must be fulfilled in ways that are wise and God-honoring…or the results will always be disastrous and hurtful to ourselves, others and to God.
In Proverbs, God has given us plenty of counsel about making wise choices with our relationships and what we drink. Solomon summarizes God’s heart when he writes in Proverbs 8:35-36 that those who find God, find life, but those who ignore God’s warnings related to wine and women, only harm themselves; in fact, God goes further to state that through their refusal to follow God’s wise words for their lives, they “hate” Him and “love death” (v. 36, NIV).
 http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/25/entertainment/jon-hamm-mad-men-rehab-feat/index.html  http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs349/en/