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Confessions of a Former Teetotaler: Drinking and Christianity


This story was a hard one for me.

When I was given the opportunity by Today’s Christian Woman to write about where I land on the drinking debate and why, I knew doing so would reveal things about me that may change people’s opinions of who I am.

I would write a paragraph and think “this person is going to think I’m such a weirdo.” I’d write another and think, “Oh my goodness, that person is going to question my salvation because I like pina coladas.” And when I wrote a bit of family history I couldn’t stop thinking that maybe someone would feel like I unnecessarily shed light on a topic that doesn’t get talked about…I could go on.

I can’t read through this article without my heart beating a little fast. But not one thought made the final cut without extensive reflection and care.

Some will vehemently disagree with me on this one, while others will have a hard time believing how strongly I was opposed to alcohol consumption until recent years. But it is what it is, as they say.

I took the opportunity to write about something hard, and I decided that if two of my primary goals were not offending anyone and making myself look good, I couldn’t possibly write a true story.

So here’s the link. Take it or leave it.

Confessions of a Former Teetotaler

Comments ( 0 )

  1. ReplyVicki Oler
    I wanna read it!! But I don't wanna subscribe. Sounds like an interesting article. Congrats on your writing!
    • ReplyKim Harms
      I have replaced the link and this one should open up the whole article.
  2. ReplyWillow Feller
    My journey down the path of the Christian alcohol debate is eerily similar to yours. I so appreciate you taking the risk to write about this important issue. The turnaround I experienced in my walk with God when I finally stopped demonizing social drinking ended up finding its way into my first novel. Please know I'm not intending for this comment to be a shameless plug for my book, but I'm just saying this to affirm that this is really an important topic for so many of us right now. I know that because of my own reader responses. In my Christian humor novel, I force my superior-minded main character to attend a bible study in a saloon. So many people seem to connect with the inner turmoil I put that poor lady through as she wrestled with whether or not to go. Excellent writing, Kim--thank you!!
    • ReplyKim Harms
      Thank you so much for leaving this comment. I have been gearing up for comments from people who disagree with me so this is great encouragement to me. I'm almost ashamed to say that I bought The Epic Undoing of Haley Ann Ewing last year to read on a trip and never got around to reading it. I'll have to dig through my kindle library and find it :)
  3. ReplyJan Nelson
    Excellent story! I think you are being too hard on yourself. Many years ago, in our early married years before having kids, most of our friends were non-Christian and they always tried to "force" me to take a drink. And although they thought I was a little weird, I felt that they respected me (at least most of them).
  4. ReplyKim Harms
    They say you're always your worst critic ;)

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