I have already written on the way Christian couples copy unsaved immorality by 'sleeping together' (BTM Article O-242). In this paper I will look at yet another shame on modern Christians, particularly the young, who think it is acceptable to attend clubs, and to indulge in the pathetic activity called 'partying'. And it really is pathetic!
Yes, I know some will brand me a 'miserable old ...', and I know I will be seen as a killjoy. But, I do not care about that. What I care about is how Christians should behave before an increasingly wicked generation, especially as what they do dishonours God and Christ's Church.
No Christian, young or old, is given a concession to go clubbing and partying! Do not tell me that people in Christ's days on earth never clubbed or partied, because they did! It was not called clubbing and partying then, but they indulged in the same kinds of sinful behaviours, if not worse. There is nothing wrong with going to a party... but what you mean by a 'party' is important!
For example, Jesus attended a wedding, but there is no way He would have been part of drunken or stupid behaviour. This is why, whenever I am invited to a wedding, I go home after the main event. And, if I attend a party, I leave early, before the usual rowdy karaoke and, sadly, excessive drinking starts.
The reason for this paper (and the previous one on 'sleeping together'), is NOT to stop Christians of any age enjoying a party. Rather, it wishes to remind them that Christians have standards of behaviour given by God. Parties today usually involve much noise, immodest dress, secular music (often with dubious lyrics and music), and drinking of alcohol. Scripture does not speak against alcohol, but it definitely warns against drunken behaviour. Christians must not follow the herd, the unsaved who wantonly drink to oblivion, dress provocatively and sexually, use inappropriate language and carry out sinful activities. In other words, they must stand out from the crowd, with decency, modesty and right thinking.
Most parties include those who take drugs and drink excessively. In my view no Christian party should have alcohol, as a principle of showing a difference. A sit-down meal accompanied by a small glass of wine is acceptable; anything after that tends to go downhill and get very noisy! Parties even mix saved and unsaved, so there cannot be true fellowship at all. Alcohol only adds to the tendency to do and say what is inappropriate. And, when girls dress 'down to the belly and up to the thighs', there can only be one effect on males. It is simply not acceptable.
As for clubs, well... where do we start!? Night clubs are filled to the rafters with people who drink themselves stupid, take drugs, search for sexual partners, make lewd and sexual suggestions, indulge in very lewd activities, enjoy violence, and listen to blasting noise pretending to be music. Perhaps I am being picky, but I could not imagine any person being encouraged along those lines by Christ! You only have to look at any of the TV police programmes, to see what I am talking about.
While much of this goes on amongst youngsters, older Christians are also caught in this web of sin. For the life of me, I cannot see the 'fun' in being totally 'smashed', or even what some call 'tipsy'. Many end up vomiting, and even more tell us they 'must have had a good time – I can't remember a thing!' We see youngsters going abroad for the specific aim of getting drunk every day and having as much sex as possible. It is appalling and very sad to see these people lurching around drunk, being sick, girls lifting up their skirts to reveal their personal parts, and going off for sex with anyone who fancies it. No-one ever mentions catching STDs and HIV, or any other problem.
Nightclubs are Satan's realm. It is where people go because their lives are in a mess. They claim to 'enjoy' it, but they do what they do because they are empty and dull inside. As Paul says in Ephesians 4:17-24:
"This I say therefore... that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But ye have not so learned of Christ... (so) put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness."
You cannot witness to Christ in clubs and parties!
Where, in that text (and others) can you find any excuse to go partying and clubbing? Christians must act wisely and decently. For very odd reasons, some say that "they are only young – let them enjoy themselves". Enjoy what? Pickling the liver and dying young? Getting HIV or an STD? Being involved in drugs and violence? Or, young women - sorry to use street language - dressing like tarts and looking for sexual encounters? Because most of these people are young, they are also immature: we should be protecting them, not encouraging them to act like idiots. We must ALL be holy, decent, modest and clean-living. There is something seriously wrong with people (young or old) who think a 'good time' must involve drink, drugs, sex, nasty music, violence, and foul or explicit language!
Rather, encourage Christians to look for fresh, clean fun! Clubs are the dirty-end of today's sinful activities, places riddled with everything to bring a Christian down, as well as ruin those unfortunate drones who copy others to oblivion.
(see also BTM Article: 'Clubbing')
© 16 February 2012
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