Wine is only glamorous if you're new to it.
If you've never seen empty bottles under a broken porch. Piles of them.
If you've never heard a drunk screaming at a small child, then immediately silenced when the church bus man knocks on the door.
If you've never hugged a sobbing mother who buried a child because of a drunk driver.
Women have influence. God has given each of us a list of things to teach the next generation. But before He begins telling us what we should teach, He first makes sure we know what not to do.
And He tells us not to be given to much wine. Those who want to have influence must not be under the influence of spirits.
Yes, there's a reason liquor stores are called "Wine and Spirits." Don't go there.
Just don't go there.
Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. - Prov. 20:1
Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.
At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.
Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things.
Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.
They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again. - Prov. 23:31-35
If we struggle with an addiction, we can teach younger women, but not the way we'd like.
When I let something evil control me, I become an example of what not to do. When I look to Jesus and allow Him to be my Saviour from sins that would enslave me, He always wins. He took our shame, our blame, and our punishment. All that's left for us to do is believe it.
So believe it and walk free, sister! And soon we'll be ready to pass the goodness on to the next generation!