God and Whisky Make a Comeback
Have you noticed how both have made a comeback?
At one time, they were both associated with the past, scared off women, and children, but lately both are popular again.
For example, some people enjoy their whisky (Irish whiskey is spelled with an “e”) neat: no ice, no mixers, just straight up in a whisky glass. This reminds me of folks who need time alone to process the reality of a universe occupied by a benevolent personality. These reflective people do their best thinking without the input of others.
However, most whisky drinkers started with a whisky cocktail. Coke is a popular mixer, but often the simplest is the best: water. Just adding a dash of water releases more of a whisky’s flavor. The same goes for God. Water (often the metaphor for the His spirit) guides one into a fuller, more flavorful experience with Him.
Whiskys are not created equal: there is cask strength, single malt, and blended whiskys. They can be made from a variety of grains like barley, wheat, corn or rye. And as in real estate, location matters.
Scotch whisky must be made in Scotland and aged in oak barrels for a minimum of three years. Bourbon is a barrel-aged American whisky, made primarily from corn. It can be made anywhere in the USA, but is generally associated with the south and more specifically, Kentucky.
Irish whiskey has a smoother finish as opposed to the smoky, earthy overtones common to scotches; Irish whiskeys were once the most popular spirit in the world, but their popularity has declined since the 19th century. Sorry guys.
God communities are similar. There are several different types (Catholic, Orthodox and thousands of Protestant varieties). Some communities are emotional, or sedate or academic or socially minded, but the binding identity for all of them is their belief in God’s son, Jesus Christ as Savior of the world.
And like whisky, God is often best experienced with those who have experienced God before. But the good rule about either God or whisky is that you enjoy them.
Both should appeal to all your senses,
Both should linger like a fond memory,
Both are best enjoyed slow,
Both are acquired tastes.
So don’t rush others into either one.
That’ll usually leads to a lousy experience.