What would you do Wednesday!
Christmas has just passed and the new year is almost here. You make plans all week for a New Years Eve fellowship at your home with some friends from church.
As you invite friends you make sure they understand that you will have champagne for the happy new year toast. The annual champagne toast is a reminder of the freedom in Christ there is to have a drink of alcohol. It is also a celebration of coming out of the cult of Mormonism where alcohol is forbidden based on Joseph Smith’s ‘Word of Wisdom’.
Friends begin arriving at 9pm bringing appetizers to the fellowship. This is always a great, safe time of fellowship. All is going well. Then, at 10pm the arrives.
The pastor heard about the party through one of your friends. Since his plans changed at the last minute he decide to drop by for the fellowship since he lives close by.
It’s great that your pastor stopped by to bring in the new year with everyone, but there is a potential problem.
The pastor heavily abused alcohol in his late teens before he was saved. He has also seen the effects of alcohol abuse on friends and family. His experience with alcohol has brought him to a conviction that Christians should not drink at all. Last week he reminded people of the dangers of alcohol and reminded everyone to be careful on the roads on New Years Eve.
Now the pastor is here and you and your spouse had planned a Champagne toast.
What would you do?
- Explain the situation to your pastor privately and ask for his approval.
- Explain the situation and go on with the planned toast.
- Explain the situation, that he wasn’t formally invited so he needs to get over it.