Pastor speaks out against ‘brunch bill’

As a pastor, a believer and a teacher of God’s word, I unequivocally, without reservation, stand against partaking of alcoholic beverages. Proverbs 23:15 states we should not even look at alcoholic beverages much less partake of them, socially or otherwise. Much more could be said of the evil, the harms and the cost that alcohol brings on our society and families.

With this said, I must agree with Charles Church in his recent letter to the editor questioning why more pastors have not voiced their opposition to the Elkins City Council’s consideration of the “brunch bill” ordinance.

Can we not as a God-fearing community at least refrain from alcohol on the Lord’s day? Financial gain from sin never benefits society yet our elected officials continue to place profits above righteousness and good sense.

Alcohol already costs our community financially, morally and spiritually, so why do we want to extend the hours and opportunity for harm?

Pastors, Christians and spiritual leaders, please contact Mayor Van Broughton and the Elkins City Council regarding this matter.

If you minister at all in the community, you have experienced the effects of alcohol on families and our community. You must voice your opposition to this ordinance.

The age-old debate over the drinking of alcohol does not excuse pastors and God’s people from opposing this ordinance, which will only serve to further harm our families and our community.

While we are on the subject of Sunday, the Lord’s day (John 20:1, 19, 26; Acts 20:7; Cor. 16: 1, 2; Hebrews 10: 23-25), I would like to challenge pastors and God’s people to once again honor this day as his day.

Hundreds of people in our community are hindered from coming to church on the Lord’s day because they have to work so businesses can be open to serve pastors and Christians when they get out of church.

I had an owner of a local restaurant tell me that he brings a crew in early on Sunday so he can be ready for the “church group.” It is a shame and a reproach on pastors and the church that these individuals cannot come to church if they want to because their employer wants to be open so they can reap the financial gain from God’s people, the “church group.”

If everyone in our community who claims to be a Christian, and I will admit I am guilty of this on occasion as well, were to not shop at the grocery stores and department stores or eat at the restaurants on Sundays, I do not believe they could afford to be open on Sunday. Let me also say that just because they are open does not justify us as Christians patronizing these businesses on Sunday.

Pastors, what are you teaching your people? Christians, what are you telling the unsaved or our community?

The “brunch bill” is bad for our community but what are we as God’s people doing to affect our community for Christ?

Pastor Mike House

Elkins

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