It’s not likely Noah was a drunk. The bible does not imply that, and since it was God that chose his family to start the world over I’m inclined to believe he was a decent guy. He simply does what we all do at times. He makes a mistake. Unfortunately, one of his sons doesn’t see it that way and chooses to embarrass his dad instead of covering his nakedness.
Gen 20:22 Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father’s nakedness and told his two brothers outside. 23 But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backward and covered their father’s nakedness. Their faces were turned the other way so that they would not see their father’s nakedness
We will inevitably stubble upon the nakedness of others during our lifetime. How will we respond? It’s clear from this biblical example that we need to tread carefully. God is sharing this story with us out of love, not because He needs to fill a few lines on a page to satisfy His publisher. Noah has not committed some great sin here. He made an embarrassing mistake, and when his son Ham found him he told the whole neighborhood. We see in the same chapter this caused a rift in their relationship.
Again, what will you do when you stumble upon the nakedness of another? Maybe you will walk in on a loved one who is drunk and prancing around the house with their birthday suit on. Maybe you will see your neighbors kid taking drugs. What will you do when the mailman delivers someone elses foreclosure notice to your door? Will you show sympathy and compassion? I hope you will. I’d like to believe that I will. I’d also like to believe that you will show sympathy and compassion for me when you stumble in on my nakedness.
Here’s a little lighthearted humor for you to enjoy.