Thursday, March 10, 2011
Why would christians go clubbing?
I have written about this before but just feel the need to keep addressing the issue in fact I had someone say they didn't agree with christians going to clubs this week and for the first time ever they weren't from N.Ireland!!. Whilst I am a respecter of opinions I find the logic and theology behind this kind of thinking very hard to understand. So here we go again:
Why do christians go to clubs?
Here's the main reason and it's exactly the same reason as everybody else: "To have a good time, to dance, listen to great music, to hang out with friends and meet new people".
I all honesty I am tempted to just stop there, but I won't.
What other positives do I see? Well like many other clubbers most christians I know who go to clubs do so in a drug free way, I think people need reminding that we are just as capable of having a laugh as the next man and we can do so without the need for any pharmaceuticals to keep us going.
Clubs are a great place to dance get lost in music and have a bit of a worship and a good old pray. No one can hear you! and during those anthemic moments when everyone lifts their hands up you can be lifting yours up to God!!!
I have friends who would want to put they go to clubs to worship at the top of the list, in fact they find it easier to worship God in a club than during sung worship on a Sunday morning!
Going to a club is no different than going to a gig.
"Why do we have to make something spiritual to legitimise it?" and why do we have to make only certain things spiritual and other things it's ok just to do?
We have to argue the case for clubbing but no one argues the case for watching TV?
Jesus wouldn't have gone there!
Nonsense... This is like that old pathetic thinking that says something like if you break the speed limit Jesus gets out of the car, or if you go to the pub don't expect Jesus to go there with you!! Not quite in line with such Bibles verses as "I will never leave you or forsake you"
By attending clubs we endorse the bad that goes on there.
I was recently at a N.Ireland football match by attending was I endorsing the sectarianism that is highly evident in a reasonable amount of the crowd? It's here I would like to make a plea for some consistency amongst the objectors!
Does watching Sky TV mean you endorse their porn channels?
Does working for a bank mean you endorse a capitalist world view?
Where do we draw the line?
If people see us attending clubs we could lead them astray and cause them to lose their faith.
If some young person who you are working with goes of the rails because they saw you going into a club, I would be absolutely amazed! Then I would question whether you had ever discipled them correctly in the first place. As a christian leader my job is not to teach people to stay away from the world but to teach them how to live as a christian in the world.
It doesn't look right!
I wonder if a prostitute washing Jesus's feet with her hair looked right? Or Jesus going to a tax collectors for tea looked right? People who have this kind of attitude are the sort of people who would be crying crucify him.
Clubs are dark evil places.
No darker or evil than anywhere else! Anyway weren't we called to be light in darkness? There's probably more darkness in 50% of christians search history on their computer than there is in a club.
I could go on but the reality is that christians who object to going clubbing have arguments that are riddled with inconsistencies and attitudes that are pharisaical.
Here's a dictionary definition of pharisaical: Hypocritically self-righteous and condemnatory.
Now thats the kind of christian I don't want to be........
Final thought: Jesus will go where we go and I am pretty sure Jesus would have loved clubbing. I can picture him now; glow stick in hand, arms raised high moving his body to some cool beats and giving it all up to God the creator who made life to be celebrated and music to be danced to.