>> Friday, April 30, 2010
God & Clubbing
What does God say about Clubbing?
We as Christians are often asked about our faith, sometimes why we are so against going clubbing or that it is a bad thing.
Well firstly the Bible does not say it is a bad thing, even the people in Jesus’s time went partying and the Bible mentions it many times that people party until they get drunk.
So, why some Christians club and some don’t?
Clubbing is generally a place where people meet, drink alcohol, dance and some hook up either for one night stands or for friends. That is the reality of clubs we can’t avoid it. We as Christians understand these very clearly especially what is shown in the media.
There are many reasons why we go to clubs, there are some with the intention of just having a great time and having no intention to hook up, get drunk with anybody or to conduct any sinful acts. However being in a club is sometimes dangerous for us Christians as we put ourselves in a situation of compromise. We may go there for the right intentions, but there are wolves out there in sheep’s clothing waiting to devour you man and woman alike.
Another reason, Christians don’t go clubbing is because we don’t want to stumble our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Paul gave us an example of eating food offered to idols.
1 Cor 8:10 For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, will not the conscience of him who is weak be emboldened to eat those things offered to idols?
11 And because of your knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?
12 But when you thus sin against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.
Causing a brother to stumble isn’t about him just entering the club to have fun. God has nothing against you entering a club. But the brother or sister in Christ with a weak conscience, might enter the club seeing you drunk and having fun, might associate themselves with the very intention the club was built. This could lead to sin.
Many Christians would say I know what I am doing, I am mature enough, I can take care of myself and my friends are here to protect me. We must also evaluate our friends, if they are the friends we ought to club with what kind of friends are they? Being unequally yoked with an unbeliever could mean danger for you too, as the other person could indeed be the wolf in sheep’s clothing.
I’d rather not enter into an area of temptation and cause my fellow brother to stumble. Especially in our current world, where information spreads so fast with the internet and facebook. I would rather not go and not sin against God then to go and lose a brother.
1 Cor 8:13 Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.
So even if we don’t go clubbing, can I still get drunk?
Drunkenness isn’t described as a sin in the Bible, however God puts it for us that drunkenness leads to foolishness. It is in this foolishness that one falls into temptation. Drunkenness puts us into a state of compromise. Being so smashed after the party, many of us would have no idea what we are doing. Being drunk in a club, you would put yourselves in danger for predators to come in and cause you to sin.
It is important to note that, God has given us life and life abundantly. We should live our lives sensitive to our conscience and the Holy Spirit to help lead us make better judgments.
As a Christian, if clubbing causes you to sin, repent and flee from temptation, if it isn’t and you think you are there to have fun, be aware of wolves in sheep’s clothing and try not to get drunk as it compromises your alertness, weakens your conscience and it might also cause you to sin unintentionally.
There was once a story about this pastor who enters brothels, pays the prostitute for their time and uses that time to teach them about God, that is his ministry. Well some of us might think, hey I can do that to! Not all of us are called for such things, instead of being the influencer we might end up being the influenced. Knowing this it is not up to us to judge and condemn other, however if sin is evident it must be dealt with.
God created us to be salt and light of the world. Would we want to tell the world about clubbing and it’s intentions?
But more importantly, since we are made in God’s image and we ought to be more and more like Jesus as we get closer to Him, so would Jesus go clubbing?
In the end everybody is answerable to God themselves. We are not here to judge but to build each other up in God.