Alcohol & Jesus

I just read Craig Ferguson’s autobiography, “American on Purpose.” Craig is the host of CBS’s “Late Late Show” which comes on after David Letterman, and for those who haven’t seen his show, a very funny, funny man.

Talking about rehab, “Like many before me, I found salvation in liquor and Jesus.”

He was speaking about a lifelong problem with alcohol. It had brought him to a low point in life. He lost loved ones and was about to end it all. Resolved one morning to throw himself off a bridge into the dark and murky Thames, he was stopped by a fellow who had been drinking with him through the night. They had slept in the bar. Although he refused, the fellow kept insisting on sharing a glass of sherry. Since the fellow kept insisting, and since he didn’t want to be rude, he thought one glass of sherry before committing suicide would be fine. Of course, the drink made him completely forget about killing himself.

That was liquor. What about Jesus?

“After she had gone [the woman he loved], I went for a walk on the lonely Walberswick marshes outside the village. Out there I did something I hadn’t done since I was a farty wee schoolboy in the miserable damp town church. I prayed. I asked the God I still don’t understand and have trouble believing in to help me—either to kill me or change me.”

By his own admission, Craig isn’t an Evangelical or a religious person. I guess that would be true at the time he wrote the book too. And there is hardly anything about God in the rest of the book. But it reminded me of the Magi—those practitioners of the dark arts—who came to worship the Christ child, and how sinners, tax collectors, and prostitutes are entering the Kingdom of Heaven before religious folk (cf. Matt 21:31). People come to Christ from a variety of different paths which are almost all pretty bad in themselves. And yet, they come to Christ in spite of it. How about you? What path led you to Christ?

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