by Jeff Strite

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Being Filled With the Spirit(s) (2 of 5)
Series: That Ain't Right
Jeff Strite
Ephesians 5:15-21

OPEN: August 16, 1992 in The Reporter News (an Abilene, TX newspaper) featured an article about a cowboy. This cowboy was a horse breaker on a ranch near, Breckenridge. He was driving his pickup and was stopped by the Highway Patrol. The cowboy refused to take a breath analyzer test. He explained, ''The last time I took one of those tests, I flunked and I am a lot drunker now than I was then.''

APPLY: I don't have too many jokes in my files about funny drunks, because I don't believe there's anything funny about people being drunk.

I didn't grow up that way, however.
When I was a boy, drunks were portrayed on TV as being funny people.
Remember the ''Andy Griffith Show'' where Andy and Barney were the police force in a town called Mayberry? Who was the drunk on that show? (Almost everybody responded ''Otis''). He was portrayed as a harmless fluff-ball of a man who couldn't keep away from the bottle - and he WAS funny.

Then there was Foster Brooke, a man who made his living as a comic by playing a drunk onstage. And he was funny.

Then there was Dean Martin (tho' he reportedly never was really a drinker). He portrayed himself a heavy drinker, always carrying a cigarette in one hand and a martini glass in the other. He was not only funny as a drinker, but he was handsome, suave, self-assured, well-liked, and all the women were in love with him. And he could sing. He had a voice that could have melted butter.
He was someone I wanted to be like. I really wanted to grow up to be like this man.

If I had followed Dean Martin's example (at least the example he portrayed on stage) I could easily have become heavily involved in alcohol. However, there were a couple of influences that kept me away from the bottle:
1st - I had a Godly set of parents who wouldn't think of having beer or whiskey in the house
2nd - The only time I tried an alcoholic beverage… I ...

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