The Party Culture
“Come on Jenae! All the girls are going. 6th Street is where it’s happening. It’s time to party!” Our youngest was at the University of Texas. She was starting her first year, living in one of the large dorms, and Mary and I were three hours north, back home in Midlothian. We would never know whether she went down to what is referred to as “Dirty Sixth Street” where bars offer dollar shots.
It’s not going to work for Jenae to say, “Sorry, I can’t. My parents said,’No.’” At this stage in life she needed to have some strong reasons not to go out and party—reasons internalized for herself.
I just returned from teaching students at the Word of Life Bible Institute in S. Korea the Book of Proverbs. Here’s just a little bit about what it had to say about drunkenness and wild parties.
“Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.” Prov. 20:1.
“Don’t look at wine when it’s red, when it sparkles in the cup and goes down smoothly. In the end it bites like a serpent and stings like an adder. Your eyes will see strange things, and your mouth will utter twisted, perverse things.” Prov. 23:31-33
Building on this Old Testament wisdom, the Apostle Paul finished bringing to light the acts of the sin nature by exposing the party culture.
“Now the actions of the sin nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, witchcraft (drugs), hostility, hatred, quarreling, jealousy, rage, selfish ambition, divisiveness, a party spirit, envying, drunkenness, wild parties, and anything else like these things. Remember, as I told you before, those who live like this will not inherit the Kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21
The fact that we are saved totally by grace, doesn’t give us license to go out and sin. Jesus’ Spirit and the new nature he gave to us means we have the freedom to live like God’s children, and not destroy ourselves by destructive actions, like getting drunk at wild parties.
Jenae didn’t go to 6th street that night, but one of the girls in a room next door did. She barely made it home, and Jenae and her roommate had to get her cleaned up, showered, and safely to bed. Our job as believers is not to condemn the behavior of those who don’t know the Lord Jesus, but to show, by example, that Jesus offers freedom, not slavery to destructive impulses, and we need to be there to help when things go south.
LORD, bless Jenae and Harvey, her husband, as they serve Anchor Church in Tuscaloosa. Thanks for helping her to have a wise head on young shoulders. And help the students I taught in S. Korea to internalize the wisdom they learned from Proverbs.
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