Seventh-day Adventists keep far away from alcohol for many reasons. Here’s one of them.
Reid was a sailor with the United States Navy, and his ship was on maneuvers somewhere in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Like many seamen, Reid liked to drink. His habit became so bad that his friends on board shut him in an empty room in order to «dry out.» Alcohol does more than make a heavy drinker walk funny and smell like sewage. It can affect the mind as well.
After a few hours’ rest, Reid woke up and glanced out the porthole. «Hey,» he said, «we’re at port, and there’s the little boat down there that will take me to the city, where I can get something to drink.» At least he wasn’t seeing all of those snakes and spiders he’d been complaining about recently.
Quickly he packed his bag and rushed up on deck. «Lower the rope ladder,» he told his shipmates. «I’m going on leave, and you can’t stop me!»
The men thought their friend was joking, so they lowered the ladder. By now a crowd had gathered, and everyone watched Reid wave goodbye, descend the swaying ladder, and step into the ocean.
«Man overboard!» someone shouted as the rest of the sailors doubled over with laughter. Bells rang and sirens blared as the ship came about.
If you want to drink, be prepared to make an absolute fool out of yourself. Alcohol does weird things to the human brain. It makes it see things that aren’t there. Unfortunately, it also keeps it from seeing something that is there, a Saviour longing to help take away the habit.