Playing a Team Sport

The age-old joke about the difference between Anglicans and Methodists is that Anglicans can look each other in the eye at the liquor store. This is a humorous way of pointing that the United Methodist Church has an uncomfortable relationship with alcohol. It is not, however, purity for purity’s sake. The temperance history comes out of passages such as 1 Cor 8:1-13, where one’s choices do not just affect the individual but impact the community. One person, as an individual, may not have a problem with alcohol, but another in the community might. It is about an internal ordering that considers your siblings in Christ.