Non Christian parties
I had a good weekend…
Nothing like talking about evangelization (Saturday afternoon), going to a good party with some friends (sat Night), sleeping until late and taking a good dive in the warm Atlantic (Sunday afternoon) and crowning it with a good Mass at Shalom (Sunday night ).
Well this was a very good weekend. In this post I want to talk about the party. It was a birthday party, well not like the birth day parties I used to go in the community, but it was a “normal” party like people do here in Fortaleza. So what do I have to talk about though? Some of my friends teachers said they were proud of me for going there and mixing up with them. Still don’t get it? It was a non Christian party. It doesn’t mean there was an orgy, it simply means the people who were there weren’t there to have fun like Christians.
So there was drinking (at a moment there was no more non alcoholic drinks, that was the moment I left the party) there was dancing (normal dance music like Lady Gaga and stuff like that) and there were people wiling just to make out with someone well just people.
These people didn’t felt bad or accused for my presence, and they were happy that I was there. I think they feel like if I’m not coming to this kinds of party I’m “saying” this is all a sin and bad for you. And when I take part of the party, of course not doing everything they do I’m being one with them. I don’t condemn people if their conscience doesn’t who am I to do so! Of course my conscience tells me when and where to stop. There was a moment the moves and the words of the music became too sexual, when the pop ran out, that was the moment my conscience told me to leave. One of my friends told me to put my tau (St Francis Cross) under my shirt and stay a little more but I couldn’t I would know it was there…
What is the big deal? A Christian should or should not take part on this?
I think we do. As Jesus did. He didn’t condemned the people who were drinking at Cana, He multiplied the wine. He didn’t stop them from drinking (sinning). Who I’m I to say what people should or shouldn’t do? Of course my conscience as a christian warns me about the sin and I have myself to be aware of my limits. To evangelize and to show people the best way to live ins’t telling them a bunch of rules. It is to tell them that “the Christian lives like everyone else, gets married like everyone else but is someone that has a hope not like everyone else”(St Justin.Could a christian help me find the exact quote please?) That we’re not extraterrestrial beings (even though we are) going to heaven and everybody else will be doom to hell. I think this is the exact way to push them away from the church.
Being an example, being with them but not one of them, and not doing the same thing or having the same attitudes this is a good way of showing how to be a good Christian.
I have a lot more to talk about but my time don’t let me…