Oh my gosh! Turn up, Turn up, Turn up! Wow!…. Even though I always made pretty good grades and was on the Dean’s list, I use to think clubbing, partying, and drinking was so cool and fun (especially my freshmen year)! But boy has times changed.
In 2015, I plan on turning up for Jesus and nobody else!
In 2014, especially after the summer, I had in my mind that clubbing was 100% no longer for me. Yes, there’s music, your friends, attractive men and women (that’s what appears to be the fun innocent part), but mainly single people go clubbing to drink and engage in other things. When I think back my clubbing days, things that flash through my mind include- drunk people acting out of character, guys and girls complimenting each other based on their looks ONLY, too much smoking, profanity, dirty jokes, body to body bumping and grinding, vulgar music, crazy revealing outfits exposing too much, and wasted money. Clubbing was all fun (and I've had my share of club nights in high school- college), but once I started getting more in touch with God and seriously learning what pleased him, I knew that was a place I could no longer associate myself with. How could I go to the club Saturdays, behave wildly, and call myself going to church on Sunday (calling out to God, singing, hands in the air, praising Jesus, etc.) … sounds pretty hypocritical to me. Yes I was a victim. Some people say, “Well I’m young and I want to have fun, its okay for me to sin because God will forgive me”. Keep this in mind, “When you know better, you’ll do better!” Especially if you’re a believer, you wouldn't practice sin no matter how young or old you were. Thank God for his grace, but that doesn't give you an excuse to abuse it and keep repenting the same sins. Believer or not, If you’re a frequent clubber and you think you’re going to find peace, joy, true happiness, love, and fulfillment by going to the club then you’re 9.9 times out of 10 WRONG!
When I think back to the clubs, I envision many nights that were petty short-lived thrills.
Taking to serious believers here: Why do so many people who love and profess the name of Jesus Christ enjoy being company with habitual sinners/God haters? Are you for God or against him? Or you want to be in between? Do whatever you want to do and claim God whenever it’s convenient for you? Don’t be double minded! Are you bringing people to God or scattering them? (Referring scriptures: Matthew 12:30 & James 1:8).
In conclusion, should people go to the club? That’s their choice and at the end of the day it’s their life. I’m not here to judge anyone. I think everyone who is reading this is probably grown enough to make their own decisions. Do I think its “acceptable” for believers in Christ to go to the club? Absolutely NOT! When unbelievers see a professing Christian engaging in a sinful lifestyle, they’re killing their witness. Putting God first is something a lot of people say, but they truly don’t do it. God desires for believers to be righteous and holy (set apart from unbelievers). Read Romans 12:2 as well (one of my favorite scriptures.)
“We are to let our lights shine before men so they see our good works and glorify our Father who is in heaven (Matthew 5:16) It’s hard to see how the light of our new life in Christ can shine in a nightclub. Even if the Christian is not indulging in the sinful activities, the witness he or she presents to the watching world by just being there is destructive and must be avoided.” – Mathew Backholer
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