According to Brett McCracken, guest writer for CNN's religion blog, "Chrstianity" is changing its relationship with beer and alcohol.
This is nothing new. Rather, he's a bit late to the game. Emergents have wallowed in their "freedom" (and thus sinning, according to Rom. 14 and 1 Cor. 8) in their pride about drinking and reading the Bible or chatting about it while sucking up beer, as if it's cool.
They lack fear of the God of those Scriptures.
Wanting to be cool, they are immature and become foolish and darkened in their walk, merely becoming religious bar hoppers.
Joh 15:18 "If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. 19 "If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.
1Jn 2:15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.
So who's becoming beer-friendly?
“Beer and Bonhoeffer,” at Southlands Church in Brea, California, which meets to discuss German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s “The Cost of Discipleship,” while parishioners share their favorite craft brews. “I feel that real and honest discussions between men happen when we have a nice IPA or stout in our hands,” said group founder Pastor Kevin Meisch.
“Beer & Hymns,” a gathering at First Christian Church in Portland, Oregon, where 100 or so mostly young people sing hymns like “Be Thou My Vision” while guzzling home-brewed beer from plastic cups. Similar “beer and hymns” events have occurred at churches in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Cincinnati.
“What Would Jesus Brew?” Valley Church in Allendale, Michigan, sponsors gatherings for craft beer enthusiasts, designed to “reach out to people in a loving, grace-filled way that meets people where they are and as they are.”