Could there be such a thing for the saints if that “fun” isn’t located in a sanctuary or orchestrated by the ministerial staff? I’ve been pondering this question for the longest, particularly as it pertains to Christians in the club–sho nuff.
I am aware that there exist a faction of Christians that believe that going to the club is forbidden, but of course there is also a faction that thinks it is totally harmless. I was certainly of the former ilk. My argument was that Christians have no business in the club because it doesn’t glorify God and if you are in the club partying it up with the heathens how can the two of you be told apart? How can anyone tell the difference between a believer and a non-believer in the club underneath those red and blue lights, over the loud music and under the club clothes.
I had this conversation with other Christian friends, who disagreed and said it really isn’t that serious, it’s just harmless fun. For years, I disagreed wholeheartedly and distanced myself from the nightlife, considering it activity of ill repute and considering anyone who called themselves a Christian and went to nightclubs weak in the faith. But then somewhere along the line my mind changed. It’s not that I started tearing the club up, I just stopped being so critical and judgmental…
And then I tried it for myself…
A few months ago I went to a party entitled “Wonderful” where they played nothing but Stevie Wonder all night long. I was hesitant at first, when I asked two friends from church to tag along. I told them that we needed to pray before we went and make sure that we have ourselves covered–not in regards to dress, but spiritually. They agreed but time-conflicts made it so that we all didn’t pray together before going so I just said a little prayer before I left the house.
It turns out the party was really harmless fun. People were singing and dancing to Stevie’s greatest hits. No one was intoxicated–at least that I could see in the darkened warehouse and no one was disrespectful. Everyone was there to have a good time and share in their love for the man that makes music that makes the world go ’round.
This past weekend a few friends from church and I went to a Michael Jackson v. Prince party to celebrate the birthday of a good friend in the group. That was yet another example of an harmless fun party. People dancing, singing along to Michael and Prince, with more water than alcohol being bought at the bar because everyone wanted to maintain a strong grip on their dance moves.
So there are my two examples. Neither of which caused my flesh to burn, made me feel uncomfortable while I was there or made me feel regret when the night was over. But why is it that there are Christians that would still shun an event like this? What makes a party not innocent fun? Should it be a person by person situation when one thinks who can and can’t go to parties/clubs? Can a party every now and be to the detriment of the saints?
The most widely used statement I heard—I’ve used it myself too—is that Christian can’t party because it doesn’t glorify God and it doesn’t help your witness, but I’ve learned that is a terrible blanket statement. Case in point, the Michael Jackson v. Prince Party was a crowded house attended by some folks that I know of that attend a neighboring church. They are God-fearing, church-serving young people that go out on occasion and enjoy good music and each others company. So if a young adult small group can get together and fellowship at a party then maybe there are more Christians in the club then people think. Nevertheless my point is, why assume everyone in the club around you is a non-believer or some backsliding believer, when they could be just like you—a Christian—that likes the occasional party under God’s watchful eyes while with others in the body of Christ.
Stop…and think about it.