After relocating to St. Louis, MO, I met up with a Southern Baptist leader in the state convention.  We had a pleasant exchange.  But I was asked if I drink alcohol of any kind.  My reply, “Yes, I enjoy a glass of wine every now and then.”

Then the Southern Baptist leader told me that to be a Southern Baptist in Missouri, I will have to give up all forms of alcohol.

I told my wife that I will have to give up wine to be a Southern Baptist in Missouri.

To be honest, Romans 14:21 came to mind, as some kind of justification, to honor the Southern Baptists in Missouri.  But I figure Paul wasn’t talking about Southern Baptists in Missouri.

Being Non-denominational never seemed more appealing!

But I’ve resisted the temptation thus far and decided rather to be just Baptist in the “Show Me State.”

So in the immortal words of Martin Luther:

I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against
conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Amen

I must have that glass of wine.