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Christians are commanded to be sober


   What kind of person should a true Christian be?  One thing the 
   New Testament states is that he should be sober.  He should 
   be a sober-minded person.  For example in the book of Titus, 
   Chapter 2, verse 2 we read "that the older men be sober ... "  
   and in verse 6, "exhort the young men to be sober-minded." 
   
   What does it mean to be sober or sober-minded?  Let us look at 
   the dictionary definition. 

   Sober.  1. quiet, serious, solemn, grave or sedate  2. 
     characterized by reason, sanity or self-control; showing 
     mental and emotional balance.   (Webster's New World 
     Dictionary)

   Sober-minded.  adj. having or showing a sober mind; self-
     controlled; sensible; reasonable. (World Book Dictionary)


   Now let us present, from Roget's Thesaurus, words similar in 
   meaning:

     Sober, solemn, grave, serious, earnest, thoughtful, sober-
     minded, sedate, staid, calm, composed, sensible, reasonable, 
     rational, logical, well-balanced, levelheaded, coolheaded, 
     temperate;  plain, simple, natural, unadorned, unaffected, 
     matter-of-fact. 

   Sobriety carries with it the basic idea of being under the 
   control of, or regulated by or ruled by, Mind, Intellect or 
   Reason.  It also means not being under the influence of an 
   intoxicant --- a meaning that presumably comes from the effect 
   that an intoxicant has on a person in robbing him of good 
   sense, balance, judgment and reason. 

   Thus a Christian is supposed to be a certain kind of person: a 
   person always under the control of, or regulated by, Mind, 
   Intellect, Reason; serious, sensible, thoughtful, reasonable, 
   well-balanced, etc. 


   Nov 2003




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