Let me start by saying I have not lost my faith.
However, I seem to have misplaced the easy conviction of some of the choices I have made. I have several friends that do not abide by The Law of Health. This is fine. It is their choice. I do not berate them for it, though I may say something if they show up drunk enough to be unable to make it safely down the stairs of my porch. Mostly because I worry they are going to break a bone. The problem these days has not been my feelings on their choices. The problem is: Is it truly a problem to have just 1 or 2 drinks with friends? If your not going to drink and drive? If your not doing anything unclean?
It is something I think about. I know, without a doubt, cigarettes are all bad. You could not convince me of any health benefit that out weighs the bad health benefits. So, that one has been easy for me. I quit smoking back in 2004. Well before I started investigating the Church.
Much of the decrees of The Law of Health make perfect sense to me. Even the coffee and tea drinking as caffeine makes a lot of sense health wise. But, some of the caffeinated drinks are fine. Well, at least they are not outright mentioned. Caffeine itself is not mentioned. I have migraines and a certain amount of caffeine prevents them. Too much and it worsens them. Caffeine is beneficial in controlled dosages. Much like anything you can ingest. No one really tells me I shouldn’t drink moderate amounts of a caffeinated beverage. Especially if it’s a healthy version. I’ve worked on finding this and have largely succeeded.
So, if caffeine in moderation can be of a benefit at times and is not strictly “across the board” prohibited, how come consumption of alcohol in moderation and with responsibility seem to be completely discouraged? I understand some have a drinking problem. Some have a computer problem. That does not mean *I* do. I’m not asking because I want to go out and party. Most the time I could care less. I am just trying to understand why having a “White Russian” once a month would violate the Law of Health. I wonder about these things and I wonder if this one of those things that need to be taken on a case by case basis.
So, if you are reading this can you give me a well suited argument either for or against the moderated and responsible consumption of an alcoholic beverage, especially if your home with friends and not in an unclean atmosphere? Please, do not respond if it is simply to put down the Law of Health. Do not respond if you are going to berate my question because you believe in the Law of Health, either. I am honestly wanting to more fully understand and it’s been knocking around my brain for months now as a baptized member getting close to her first full year.