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…get drunk at night?! -answer to brother Mikhail (letter from Silvio Caddeo) 1 мая, 2009

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ANSWER TO MIKHAIL IVANOV    

A question from Brother Mikhail: Dear brother Silvio, explain me why Paul wrote, “And those who get drunk, get drunk at night” (1 Th 5:7). Does it mean that we believers should be sober only during the daylight and that we can have a glass of wine more at the sunset before of going to sleep? What about the elderly people who do not disturb anybody but at home they just drink a glass more of wine to forget their broken dreams or to have a relief from their griefs?”

In 1 Th 5:7 Paul was just using a metaphoric language making a comparison between those who belong to the daylight, the children of the light who are sober, and those who belong to the night, the children of the darkness who are drunk.

The life of the elderly people should not be so hopeless and full of wine, especially if they have always served the Lord and still have a purpose in the life. Because of their long experience they still should have many things to give and they could be very useful to the young people. If the old age could present for us certain painful drawbacks, at the same time we should realize that death is a liberation from the many contradictions of this world (2 Co 4:12-18. 5:1-10).

In order to avoid certain useless misunderstandings, before answering to that question, I would like to read attentively what it meant for Paul to be sober, “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober (Greek — sofronein) judgement, in accordance with the measure of the faith God has given you” (Ro 12:3).

Consequently, in the New Testament, the term “sober” has a larger meaning than the one of the limited Puritan teetotal vocabulary. In fact, sober could mean sober (not drunk), moderate, modest, careful and temperate in the judgement or someone who does not exceed in eating and drinking as Jesus taught (Lk 21:34).

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WHO IS MY BROTHER? -From the desk of Silvio Caddeo 21 апреля, 2009

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WHO IS MY BROTHER?

 

Paul wrote to the brothers in Corinth,

the worst congregation mentioned in the New Testament,

“Therefore, my dear brothers…” (1 Co 15:58).

 

We are living in a very confused period, when many old values are deeply analyzed, scrutinized and questioned, where even some believers are no more certain in what they should believe or refuse. Consequently, it is not strange that someone is wondering who should be considered his brothers and who should not. This is pertinent question, isn’t? Maybe the right answer could put upside down our way of thinking.  

 

Before explaining who my brother is, a very important question, let see who our neighbour is because the two go often together. After, it would easier to answer also to that question.

 

Something about this question is presented by Jesus in the Parable of the Good Samaritan, where a man who was robbed and beaten by some criminals, was left half dead at the border of the road. A Jewish priest saw him, but he did not stop to help him and also a Levite did not stop, “But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. Look after him, he said, and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have” (Lk 10:33-35).   

 

It is interesting that the Jewish priest and the Levite, who usually were strict observers of the Law, did nothing to help the man who was dying near the road, while the Samaritan, a foreigner, someone with whom he had apparently nothing in common, stopped to help him.

 

With this Parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus explained clearly who our neighbour should be, but unfortunately, certain believers love only those who are like them, who think in the same way and take the same position in different issues, but they hate, or do not love, all those who are different from them, who have different opinions, different customs and remain indifferent to their ordeals.

 

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