I wrote a piece for Christianity Today that ended up being the cover (!) story. I am super excited about it, but I am aware that it might ruffle a few feathers. In short, last year I quit drinking, mostly due to my experiences with my neighbors. While I am not asking you to stop drinking, I am asking all of us to be a bit more thoughtful about it (or at least how we portray it/possibly exclude others). Really, I am asking all of us (myself included) to put ourselves in the position of minority/learner. Hanging out with alcoholics has changed my life.
I can't think of much else I want to add to this discussion that wasn't in the article. I will say that in doing the research for this piece I was so encouraged by the witness and testimony of all of those stout-hearted temperance women. Women who cared about the poor, about equal rights, about social inequalities. It's a pretty fabulous, and a very different story from the common ones we have heard of moral piety.
So do me a favor and read the piece. I would be very interested in hearing thoughtful push back.
*title suggested by the one and only Darren Prince. Sadly, it did not make the final cut.