While Colorado’s law saying that people can no longer smoke indoors in a public place may have taken away private property rights (which American soldiers have died to protect), it has provided ideal situations for witnessing. By state law, people have to come out in front of the bars on Main Street (where we regularly witness) to smoke, affording us the opportunity to start a spiritual conversation with them. The majority of people who are there are there to get drunk, meet someone to sleep with, or commit another sin of some sort. It can be a tough crowd.
Those who are there to get drunk and are the cream of the Main Street Bible scholar crop are quick to point out that Jesus turned water into wine (John 2). Obviously, they say, Jesus is OK with people getting drunk. I would guess we’ve heard this theory an average of about twice per week.
But the Bible says that “…drunkards will not inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). People who are there to drink will often get pretty ticked off when I point out a verse like this to them.
In the past, I’ve been hesitant to discuss drunkenness with these people because they do sometimes flip out. But I think it’s important to remember that if people get mad, it’s a sign that the Holy Spirit is convicting them of their sin. Jesus said the Holy Spirit will convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:18). Why else would these individuals care what some random guy like me thinks unless their conscience backs up what I’m telling them?