Something is brewing among American Protestants, and it has a decidedly hoppy flavor.
For much of the last century in the United States, Protestant Christianity’s relationship with beer was cold or even hostile at times. Protestant organizations such as the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union and the Anti-Saloon League led the campaign to make alcohol illegal.
Even after Prohibition ended, many evangelicals defined themselves by their abstention from alcohol, called “the beloved enemy” by televangelist Jack Van Impe.
Drinking was, and in many cases still is, outlawed on Christian college campuses and among leadership of many churches and denominations.
But in recent years, change has been fermenting. Taverns and beer halls, once dismissed as the domain of the “worldly” in need of reform, are today the meeting places for churches.
Read - Praise the Lord and pass the beer, change is brewing among American Christians
There is an old story. German monks were discussing if beer should be consumed during Lent. As they wanted to be proper, they decided it shouldn't be up to them to judge and sent a letter to Rome asking for guidance. The Pope asked to taste their beverage to better judge. So they sent a barrel of their best. When it arrived, the wine drinking Italian Pope said, "well that is a little harsh, but I won't stop you"
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