The Word of Wisdom, as it was laid out by Ol’ Joe back in 1833, has been viewed both as a sensible guide to healthful living and a poster-child for scriptural misinterpretation and inconsistency since then.
The arguments reign rampant and the church continues to avoid shedding any more light on the subject.
Many have spoken officially and unofficially and had their speeches contradicted or repudiated (sometimes by the same person).
The issue hasn’t really affected me personally until a recent event, but before I get into it, I will disclose some important information: I love wine and always have.
So during a recent visit to the Olive Garden with my wife and two boys, I ordered a nice glass of Chianti Classico and immediately began noticing a young mormon woman (yeah, of course I could tell she was mormon), who was sitting to my left with her husband and 3 children (all under the age of 6, I assumed), giving me clearly disapproving looks. She would stare at me for a while and when I would make eye contact with her, she would move her eyes down to my glass of wine and scold me with her eyebrows and prominently wrinkled forehead.
The behavior became obvious to my wife as well and we both got a good chuckle out of it. But the incident highlighted for me the idiocy and hypocrisy of those who claim to follow the Word of “Wisdom.”
C’mon, we were at THE OLIVE GARDEN!!!! Not your number one choice for healthy eating.
This woman was consuming an enormous amount of oily pasta and potatoes, chugging it all down with a tall glass of cola. Her children each had a cup of what I assumed to be juice and her husband was eating steak (uh… no flesh allowed people!!)
But my one glass of wine…OH NO!!!! I’m headed to hell in a handbasket!
…even though studies have consistently shown benefits to drinking wine and many experts within the wine world agree that drinking wine moderately lowers the risk of heart attacks and helps controls levels of cholesterol in the body. It also has its negative points, but I think my two glasses a month are just fine, don’t you?