Proverbs 31:4-7 (NLT)
4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, to guzzle wine. Rulers should not crave alcohol. 5 For if they drink, they may forget the law and not give justice to the oppressed. 6 Alcohol is for the dying, and wine for those in bitter distress.7 Let them drink to forget their poverty and remember their troubles no more.
These words were written by King Lemuel, which he learned from his mother. Many believe this could have been King Solomon, because the name Lemuel means one who is “for” or “devoted” to God. Here he states rulers should not give themselves over to much alcohol. They are not to disgrace their position by drunkenness and unruly behavior. Strong alcohol is better reserved as medication for the dying and light alcohol, such as wine, for those who are grieving.
Senator Ted Kennedy has always been a man of public interest because of an incident where a young woman died in his car beneath a bridge in Chappaquiddick after possibly drinking at a party. It is as though he compartmentalized his off-duty behavior from his responsibilities as Senator. Some have said his drinking has not impaired him professionally, while others have played upon it as a weakness and a problem. Because he is a Kennedy he is watched over very closely by the press and constituents. During the hearings for Clarence Thomas to be appointed as a justice of the Supreme Court, Senator Kennedy made a sharp comment towards now Justice Thomas. It was at that moment his past came back to haunt him. The speaker turned and looked at Senator Kennedy and said, “Senator if you believe that statement; I have a bridge in Chappaquiddick I’ll sell you.” With that Senator Kennedy remained silent for the remainder of the session. Leaders should give thought to the words of King Lemuel. Keep yourself from those things which can cause your character to be called into question. Even a witness on a court stand is discredited if they acknowledge to have been drinking during an incident. Their testimony is disputable and the their memory may not be accurate. Pray for those who have addictions to alcohol and pray also for the leaders of our country.