it’s 9:00 p.m. on a Friday night – you
roll up to the scene in your friend’s dad’s
car, and you can already hear the tunes
bumping and the hype from the front
yard. Walk into the house party with
your crew and you feel ready to take
on the world, social energy coursing
through your veins and a six-pack of
molson canadian under your arm.
hey, partying is fun. Nobody will deny
the enjoyment of joking around with 10
different groups of people throughout
the course of an hour, meeting an
attractive new friend, or having intense
personal discussions with a long-time
buddy in the corner. i’m an extroverted
young adult. i understand the appeal.
But, as i’m sure you know, things
can get real slippery real fast. The
temptation to let the vibes of the party
overcome your sense of discernment
and commitment to righteousness
can creep up with speed and subtlety,
especially when alcohol is in the mix.
God doesn’t want to kill your vibe,
but he does desire more for you than
sloshy nights and regretful mornings.
he is not a solemn judge who wants
to rob your life of the good times that
you’re supposed to have as a teenager
and young adult. No, he knows the
way you’re wired – he worked on that
circuitry himself – and he knows that it
is only through obedience that we are
truly free and inherit fullness of joy.
We are either a slave to sin or we’re a
slave to him. There is no middle ground.
The Bible makes that very clear.
Therefore, as the responsible young
man or woman that you are, you’re faced
with a decision: join the hormone-rush-ing, serotonin-inducing revelry of a night
that will offer sensory pleasure for the
short hours of the party. Or, keep a clear
head, a sober mind and a peaceful conscience as you abide by the standards
that God calls his followers to.
all that to say, have fun, engage
with the social context around you,
deepen friendships, hang out, go to
a party, but don’t let the temptation
of mind-numbing, out-of-body rowdy
nights compromise your relationship
with christ. The buzz isn’t worth it.
Who is Conor Sweetman?
1. in highschool, he had a tradition of eating classico pasta and
watching The Office every day after
2. he ran an essay editing business for high school and university
students. ( conorSweetman.com/
3. he has been drawing and painting his entire life and has sold his
work at a variety of shows.
4. he is very extroverted, but
there's not much he enjoys more
than being alone with a cup of
pour-over coffee and a book of
5. Next year he will be studying
Shakespeare at Oxford for a semester, but he plans on eventually
seeing all of Europe.
By: conor Sweetman