Wine sales in grocery stores? The issue is DEFINITELY the consequent too-easy availability of the fruit of the vine to underage patrons. Never mind that I, for one, have NEVER been asked for my I.D. in a liquor store, whereas I’m ALWAYS carded when I buy beer in a grocery store, even though I turned 21 back when Elvis was still officially alive.
You COULD make the argument that only in a liquor store will you get the professional, expert help needed to make just the right wine purchase, except for the fact that in some of the liquor stores I’ve visited, at least, the clerk barely knows which side the wine is on.
Just kidding! Let’s stand up for Mom and Pop, while pointing out nevertheless to the lawmakers opposing the wine-in-groceries legislation that their concerns aren’t exactly consistent: We have to be careful where a bottle of wine’s concerned, but let’s let anyone who wants one get their hands on a gun?
Jesus was a wine bibber. It was his beverage of choice, as it was for most of his cronies and contemporaries. Remember that he changed the water into wine at the wedding feast at Cana, which was only fair seeing as the reason why the wine ran out in the first place was that he and his disciples showed up uninvited.
In regard to the wine-in-grocery-stores controversy: What would Jesus do? That is, how would he vote? Isn’t it obvious? Wine is good, he would say, so good that it can even stand in for my blood. Let us have wine, and the cheaper the better.