Thank you to everyone who weighed in on the issue discussed yesterday. The comments were very informative, and for the most part, respectful. I had several people ask where I stand on the issue. I hesitate to share my view because I don't want to alienate friends or loved ones. I know just because my opinion is different, and what some will label as "conservative", I will be accused of being judgmental, closed minded, and intolerable.
But, if you know me at all, you know that I usually say what I think. So with that all said, for myself, I would not and have not (well unless you count the time when I was four and drank some of Grandma Bea's "apple juice"-Thanks Grandma for ruining my streak!!!) consumed an alcoholic beverage. I have numerous reasons (of which I will not go in to), but the foundational motivation for that choice, is that's what I believe God has laid upon my heart for my life. I just never saw the need or purpose behind myself drinking. I crack myself up, I enjoy company with friends, I can relax easily, and I'm crazy enough without it!
Besides, I think I have turquoise blood. (a humorous reference for a product of the A/G. The Assembly of God Headquarters is a turquoise building with matching doors, siding, windows, shutters, and some furniture!) I'm attempting to lighten the mood; this was a delicate topic and I sincerely thank you for helping me to understand various viewpoints.
Now, if we want to talk about indulging in chocolate, I'm the first to admit I have a problem!
P.S. Parker got his cast off. His arm is fine, but it smells so bad, I want to vomit. That's all.