SARAH SPEAKS: CLUBBING AS CHRISTIANS?

This post is coming a little later than expected and I apologize. Had so much on my mind and was actually going to postpone this particular Sarah Speaks till next week but I'd like to get this out there.

In my younger days I felt a curiosity for the whole idea of clubbing. I once even told my mom that I'd like to go and see what it's all about to which she questioned me asking "why" and then cautioned me against it, as she pointed out the fact that I'm a Christian and have no business going to a club.

There just always seemed to be a wonder in the whole concept of going to the club. Looking from the outside I felt it was so fun and now from experience, I wonder what was I thinking?

Now, the idea of clubbing in the Christian world is one that has sparked so much debate and varying opinions. One might argue that clubbing is morally right or wrong based on ones intentions for going. Some would say, they just want to unwind and let loose which is totally understandable I guess, but looking at it from the christian point of view, what does the Bible say about clubbing? Does the Bible even say any thing? 

As Christians when we give our lives to Christ we become new creatures and as such are not to live or be controlled by our flesh. Now, Romans 13: 13-14 blatantly says

"Because we belong to the day, we must live decent lives for all to see. Don't participate in the darkness of wild parties and drunkenness or in sexual promiscuity and immoral living or in quarrelling and jealousy..."

In addition to the above scripture 1 Peter 4:3-5, Galatians 5: 19-21 among other scriptures listed out here, strongly discourages clubbing. As Christians our Bible should be our base which is why studying it is so important. We can't please God really or make it in this race if we don't know what we are actually supposed to do. I mean, how do you pass an exam you didn't prepare for at all.

Have you ever observed the atmosphere of a club environment? What goes on there and how do people dress? You'd find that women dress and dance provocatively and there's a lot of reckless behaviour all which the bible condemns, case in point the above Bible scriptures. 

Being in such an atmosphere can also tempt one or cause one to fall and as I said in my post We Call Ourselves Christians? We are not fooling ourselves really,  the spirit is willing but the flesh is indeed weak so we've got to help ourselves. Also, what about the fact that we're not supposed to conform but be a light to this world? (Rom 12:2, Matt 5:14)

Finally clubbing puts a dent on our credibility as Christians. Our lives are our greatest testimony of our salvation and in the words of Mathew of By Faith, " by socialising in such places, you do not bring people up to your level, they bring you down to their level. A person cannot respect someone who is not fully committed to that which they profess to believe in". 

One of my pastors once said, "when you place yourself in the devils territory you're a susceptible to all he has to offer" Finally, I say this also coming from my personal point of view and I understand that our convictions are different hence as the Bible says, look to Christ as the Author and finisher of your faith.

What are your thoughts on this? As Christians should we go clubbing? Do you go clubbing as a Christian, why? I'd genuinely like to know.

Till next time!

19 comments:

Taiwo Orogbangba said...

I hate loud music. I hate the smell of alcohol and cigarettes. So, I practically have no business at the club except all these things I mentioned are absent.

Sarah Enuwa Audu said...

I believe its also something to do with personal preference as well. I dislike all those things too so let's just forget religion for a sec, some people like you would still not go clubbing. I have a friend like this, she's a Buddhist but she hates the club environments due to all the above mentioned things. Thank you for commenting.

Phos Reflections said...

I totally agree with you. A lot of times we forget that when we give our lives to Christ, it is no longer we who live but HE!! We no longer live based on our desires or feelings but based on what Christ tells us to do. The Bible says that the Holy Spirit is a seal that confirms that we are the sons of God and it says if we have the Holy Spirit we should walk in it. It also says for as many that are led by the Spirit of God, are called the sons of God. We Christians need to stop rationalizing and completely die to self. Its sooooo very hard and its a cross we should daily carry. I do not club because of these things you've mentioned. The atmosphere of the club is just not Holy Spirit like. The bible says we should resist the devil and he'll flee from us. It tells us to flee from all appearances of evil. Going to the club is like poking a lion or a bear with a stick and expecting it to not turn around and devour us. My favorite bible verse is Matthew 5:16 that says let your light so shine that others see the good works in you and glorify your father in Heaven. This is just to buttress your point of clubbing putting a dent in our credibility. Clubbing does not shine any light. It does not give glory to God which is what we are supposed to be constantly focused on. Yes, people have different convictions because everyone's salvation is personal but I believe clubbing is one of those things that are just cast in stone for Christians not to do unless its not the conventional clubbing that we know today we're talking about.

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Oreoluwa A. said...

This comment is 100! And it sums up my thought on clubbing.
Thank you so much for the post! Finally, someone talks about it.

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Sarah Enuwa Audu said...

Phos this comment of yours just putting icing on the cake and even made it more beautiful and perfect,thank you so much. Now I agree that clubbing is one of those things that should not be rationalized but I've heard people say that they're going to evangelize, you know take the gospel to the people. But as you rightly noted the atmosphere is so unholyghost like. Its not easy but as the Jesus pointed out carrying the cross and choosing to follow him is not easy either. But blessed are those who do. Thanks again. And Thank you Oreoluwa for stopping by, I always look forward to your comments on this segment and this comment is totally 100.

Ivie9ja said...

My spirit actually rejects clubbing. When I was in the world clubbing was like therapy for me but now that I seek Christ, clubbing repulses me. I don't know when it happened but it just occurred naturally. No one condemned me or spoke on it with me. It just happened. And I belive that that is all the proof I need not to indulge. My husband still likes to go and people watch and hear new music and tries to convince me to go but we are still negotiating on how to deal with that. Lol step by step

Sarah Enuwa Audu said...

I agree that this is just proof. I read a verse in Romans where it talked about how when we indulge in more spiritual things, it weakens the flesh and increases or builds the holy spirit in us. I believe the closer we get to him,the more certain things either repulse us as you said or we just loose total interest in them. Lol step by step with your hubby as you said.

madlenka said...

I like the idea of dancing to some good music with some good friends. I don't really go clubbing though (only about once a year) as it is just never as fun as it sounds. That's because alcohol is always involved. I don't drink and thus I always see everything that goes on in a club, drunk people behaving in ways they never would otherwise. I think there's nothing wrong with going clubbing occasionally--as long as you stay yourself and don't get involved in excessive drinking or whatever else goes on there. However, personally I find such environment quite repulsive so I don't feel the need to go.

Caroline Moindi said...

I have clubbed before..however praise God for saving me and teaching me a new life...well I'd say what attracted me to it was the 'fun' however now as I look back I realise it was temporal happiness..I agree that as Christians we have no business dancing with the devil...and as children of God...we are called to live a life with the will of God...1peter 4:1-11...is a good reference be blessed.

Kezzygrace said...

I totally agree with you Sarah.
I can speak for myself; as a teenager and Christian girl,sometimes I feel I just have to chill out and satisfy my flesh just because everyone's doing it but I can't deny the fact that I know God hates it. But then i try to make the scriptures fit my lifestyle and give it my own interpretation so i dont get condemned ...but I KNOW THE TRUTH...



Beautiful one Sarah...Thank you very much

Dominika Goodness said...

Just like you in your younger days Sarah, I once thought of visiting the club just to make that I mention what drives people crazy in that place. But then again I question the credibility of my Christianity level, I caution my mind and my flesh.this post was great and I'm sure it's a caution to the Christian Populace.

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Sarah Enuwa Audu said...

I agree clubbing is honestly not as fun as it sounds. And it can be a personal thing as well as a religious thing for some people like me. Now your point on it being okay as long as one controls themselves is quite valid. Now, I'm not sure if you're a believer but as Christians the bible tells us not to tempt ourselves or put ourselves in situations that might make us compromise. And as a commenter said above going clubbing and not planning to engage in club associated activities is like poking a tiger and expecting it not to bite you. However, as I said above, it is also a personal thing.

Sarah Enuwa Audu said...

Thank you Caroline for sharing your testimony. We are new beings when we give our lives to Christ so we should not engage in old habits and your story is great example of the transformative power of Christ. Clubbing is indeed temporal happiness and most times it does not end well. Thank you for the reference too. We ought to live our lives according to Gods will and thank God for the holy spirit who always keeps us in check.

Sarah Enuwa Audu said...

I'm guilty of this too, changing Gods word to fit my choices that are against his will but I'm thankful for God's redemption and grace which gives us strength to do his will.

Sarah Enuwa Audu said...

Thank you for reading girl. Our walk with God wont be easy because we constantly have to struggle with our flesh but then more we engage in activities(praying, fasting, read our bibles) that builds up the spirit, the more we will overcome.

WanShyGirl Blog said...

Preach Sistuuuurrrr!!! As the introvert and couch potato that I am clubbing neve appealed to me, I rarely attended school parties talkless of going clubbing. God wants us to enjoy clean, wholesome, entertainment. Not that which would leave youi hungover and make me regret some actions the next day. I like how you speak your mind with this series. God bless you!

damie alabi said...

Having attended the University of Lagos where clubbing is like the first extra-curricular activity you are exposed to, I never really saw the essence of it.
1. I love my sleep , 2. I am a conservative dresser so there really is no club that will accept me and my outfits and 3. I do not drink alcohol.

Several times I have been asked even recently after a friends wedding but it just doesn't appeal to me.

I think far beyond what the Bible says comes the question of morals.

Awesome piece Sarah!


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Sarah Enuwa Audu said...

Yes girl, wholesome entertainment that builds our spirit. And like I said its also a personal thing as well. Thank you for reading girl, just keeping it real and saying it like it is.

Sarah Enuwa Audu said...

Yes it does come to morals and again a persons personality and preference. All the above points you mentioned show a personality thing when it comes to clubbing but then as Christians we also have to look at things from the biblical point of view. Thank you Damie.

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