so one thing I've struggled with recently is the need to drink alcohol when socializing with my friends whether they're christian or not. In today's society, drinking alcohol has become a normal thing for teenagers and as years go by, the average age a child begins drinking gets lower and lower. I've always been told I'm not allowed to drink till i'm 18, the legal age and to be honest i've never really realised why i've been told this till a couple of months ago.
i've never felt a significant pressure to conform to society and drink but i have felt the pressure to give into what i believe. Various thoughts go through my head when i'm at a party and usually i give in and have a drink. I don't believe there is anything wrong with having a drink but as a christian i believe drinking can do alot of damage to how you present yourself and how you keep your body holy and sacred for God.
every time i'm at a party I see girls thinking that drinking will help them and drinking will enable guys to see them differently. every time I see this, it makes me angry that girls think that alcohol is the only way for them to achieve attention. After seeing girls drink themselves to the point where they can no longer walk, think straight or act wisely, i've come to a conclusion.
as Christians, i believe it's important we don't conform to our society of under age drinking. when we're at a party, how can we possibly stand out as revolutionary young adults if we conform to the usual human being going to a party, having a drink and saying things you normally wouldn't say unless you were under the influence of alcohol. As the next generation, i believe God calls us to stand out, so much so that people ask why we're not following the crowd. Not drinking allows people to ask questions and look deeper into why we're so different.
God calls us to live a life that doesn't please people but pleases God. How can we be pleasing to God if we drink in order to bring pleasure to ourselves and to other people we're trying to catch the attention of.
As I said, i'm not saying alcohol is bad, i'm saying that as the new generation of young christians, we need to stand out in a society where going against the crowd is rare. It's a challenge we'll face plenty of times in the future as we pursue our careers in university and when we move on in the world. So I challenge you. Can you be a revolution in your town? You can be a part of a revolution, all it requires is to recognise the fact that God doesn't call us to please people but to please God by using our bodies as a temple, holy and pleasing to God.
"12Some of you say, "We can do anything we want to." But I tell you that not everything is good for us. So I refuse to let anything have power over me. 13You also say, "Food is meant for our bodies, and our bodies are meant for food." But I tell you that God will destroy them both. We are not supposed to do indecent things with our bodies. We are to use them for the Lord who is in charge of our bodies. 14God will raise us from death by the same power that he used when he raised our Lord to life.
15Don't you know that your bodies are part of the body of Christ? Is it right for me to join part of the body of Christ to a prostitute? No, it isn't! 16Don't you know that a man who does that becomes part of her body? The Scriptures say, "The two of them will be like one person." 17But anyone who is joined to the Lord is one in spirit with him." 1Corinthians 6.