Thursday, December 30, 2010

Would Jesus Get Drunk on New Years Eve

Today I would like to write about New Years Eve.  I know it's not New Year's Eve yet, but I wanted to post something now when everyone is thinking about their plans. Tomorrow night is one of the biggest drinking nights of the year, and sadly that is even true among Christians.  That has really been heavy on my heart today, so today I want to talk about celebrating the New Year.

First of all, we need to ask why we celebrate the coming new year.  Is there some reason deep down in ourselves that makes it so appealing to forget our values for sinful behavior or do we just celebrate because that is what the world does?  I am not saying there is anything wrong with celebrating the new year, but I am saying that you need to ask yourself if even the fact that you are celebrating the new year is an act of wordliness.  I suppose for some, it is celebrating the end of a bad year with hopes for a better year to come.  I suppose for others it is the celebration of a year of blessings.  Of course the source of a better year for the next and the blessings of the year that is ended is none other than God, which makes it rather ironic that we celebrate His goodness for the past year and entreat His goodness for a better year to come by doing something that is an offense to Him. 

Of course things brings to mind another issue and that is where we choose to spend New Year's Eve.  I am sure if you are a Christian and drinking and partying that you would be among nonbelievers.  I mean, if you are a Christian home and you are allowing drunkenness and partying to occur in your own home then you have issues beyond this post.  I daresay that if you allow the celebration of sin in your home, you are NOT a Christian home.  So let us say you are among your unsaved friends and family and what they see is someone just as depraved and worldly as they are.  You have just shown that God has made no change in lives and that you are more influenced by your friends and family around you then you are by the Holy Spirit that dwells within you.  But that brings up an oft-repeated issue in this blog, that being that we are more concerned with losing friends than we are with gaining brothers and sisters.  We are more concerned for friendship they bring into our lives then for Jesus that you need to bring into theirs.  In the end, their place in your life becomes more important than their place (or lack thereof) in Heaven.  That is if you even believe in Heaven and Hell and Jesus as Lord and Savior.  I question that faith because if you really did believe that there was a Hell and the only way to escape that Hell was through Jesus then your behavior would be much different.  You would make it a point for your life to be a witness to the reality of Jesus.  So either you care more for yourself or you just do not believe as much as you thought you did. 

How should we celebrate?  We should celebrate with friends and family for sure, but that celebration should be a witness to Jesus and not a conforming to the world.  We should pray, giving thanksgiving for the year we had and asking the Lord for a good year to come.  We should worship, because it is only by the grace of God that we made it through the year.  We should be a witness to our friends and family, talking about the work of Jesus in our lives and show them that we do not need intoxicants to have fun.  Honestly, if you need intoxicants to have a good time, then you have serious issues.  And so I will leave you all with this passage in Scripture.  Let's enjoy our New Year's Eve filled with the Spirit and not drunk on wine.
And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ... Ephesians 5:18-20 NKJV

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