The Wafer, the Wine ... and the Brewsky?
As candlelight cast a lounge-like glow, college students on a recent Thursday night filled their cups from an icy keg of beer and chewed over peanuts, pretzels -- and God.In a vision, God showed Peter unclean food and commanded him to eat it -- three times! Paul told us not to let our food restrictions, or lack of them, get in the way of reaching others with the Good Word. Still, this approach bothers me.
It may not be the traditional model for an informed theological discourse. But organizers of "Theology on Tap" at USC say the setting allows students to socialize and debate the merits of such topics as the Apostle Paul's teachings on sexual morality or the place alcohol has in modern Christian life.
"Keggers are a college icon," said the Rev. Glenn Libby, the university's Episcopal chaplain and one of the event's main orchestrators. "We wanted to take something that is a very common college experience but bring it into a Christian framework."
Soft drinks were available for students younger than 21, although no one was checking identification by the keg during the evening at the campus Catholic Center.
For one thing, they weren't checking IDs, and the church should render under Caesar that which is Caeser's, including alcohol laws. On the other hand, Christ used wine for his first miracle and again to sybolize his blood. On the other hand, what's Godly about college Keggers -- is Rev. Lilly spotting the ball 40 yards behind the goal line by setting up to play Christianity in a brew-soaked environment?