Christmixology? Yeah, I’ll admit it’s weird too. Try and google it…you’ll find nothing. So, here’s my attempt to explain…
Mixology: the art and science of cocktails and drinks. Granted, I don’t know much about alcohol or cocktails but I do know something about mixing things – or maybe, mixing things up. As I study Jesus and attempt to uncover and recover who he really was, I’ve found that Jesus is all about mixing things up too and I absolutely love that about him.
What I have seen with alcohol is that many times it leaves the drinker drunk…disillusioned…inebriated…confused…hazy. Maybe you’ve been there before. Maybe you haven’t. Maybe you’ve seen a friend go through this. Maybe it’s someone you deeply love. It hurts them. It hurts you. It’s a mess.
I sense that many Christians are experiencing this same disillusionment and stumbling void of any alcohol. I’m fearful that we are mixing together some dangerous cocktails and we are beginning to see the fall out of it.
Like mixed drinks, it’s hard to tell what we’re drinking until it’s already touched our lips. We drink it, have some fun, go to sleep (maybe even black out for a while) and wake up with a wicked hangover as we ask questions about what happened the night before. Is it too much to say that maybe Christianity is experiencing the same thing in some ways? May I be bold enough to say that perhaps somewhere along the line we have adopted some ideas and beliefs apart from the Bible that we’re just now waking up from?
Because I, for one, am experiencing a hangover – a hangover that has yielded frustration, cynicism, doubt and questions.
Perhaps we are starting to experience Christianity on the rocks.
And our only answer is Jesus.
Miles is a teacher, writer, speaker and performer out of Lexington, KY. Currently, he is a student at Asbury Theological Seminary and is studying for his M.A. in Biblical Studies. He attended the University of Kentucky where he received a B.A. in Psychology. Miles teaches drama and discipleship for middle and high school age students, leads a high school lifegroup and is very involved in various ministries at Southland Christian Church in Lexington.