Don’t set ‘the bar’ to low

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The other day, a mother called and wanted my advice on how to handle the question her 18-year-old son confronted her with. He wanted to know what was so wrong about going to a bar and having a few drinks. He said that the Bible doesn’t condemn drinking; it only calls drunkenness a sin.

Her question to me was, “How do I handle that?” I told her that the good news was he talked to her about it. I shared that alcohol is a drug – a legal drug – but it is against the law for anyone under 21. I also shared that alcohol is sometimes the gateway to other illegal drugs.

I’ve heard and personally experienced that alcohol is cunning, baffling and powerful.

I read her the following which was written several years ago by an inmate in a Joliet, Ill., prison:


The name of each saloon’s a Bar,

The fittest of its names by far.

A Bar to Heaven, a door to Hell,

Whoever named it named it well.

A Bar to manliness and wealth,

A door to want and broken health;

A Bar to honor, pride and fame,

A door to grief and sin and shame;

A Bar to hope, a Bar to Prayer,

A door to darkness and despair;

A Bar to honored useful life,

A door to brawling, senseless strife;

A Bar to all that’s true and brave,

A door to every drunkard’s grave;

A Bar to joys that home imparts,

A door to tears and aching hearts;

A Bar to Heaven, a door to Hell,

Whoever named it named it well.

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