Ah, the holidays! You may be invited to Christmas parties left and right. The desire for human interaction, fun, relaxation and party is normal and natural. But then, should you go to Christmas parties with non-Christians?
It is not sinful to be at a non-Christian party. After all, Jesus did not withdraw himself from the world. He does not tell us to withdraw from it either. In fact, He asks us to be in the world so we can influence it.
Philippians 1:27 (NIV) says, “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel.”
If it is a non-Christian party, there is a high chance that it’s going to have alcohol. One of the ways to share the gospel is when you decline, you answer their questions sincerely. You can bring in the Bible or your personal beliefs and explain why you don’t drink alcohol.
You can even share the story of Christmas, especially that it is a Christmas party. Input random trivia about Christmas and why we celebrate it. You would be surprised that a lot of people do not really know the Biblical story!
If you get invited to a Christmas party by non-Christian, you can use the party as a way to share the gospel both by words and by the action and love that you show people in your fellowship together. We are children of the light. We must be out of the world even while we are living in it.
Following Jesus is a personal thing. It’s not about conforming your behavior to what other people say. If you were invited by people to a Christmas party and the only thing that’s stopping you is that it is not a Christian party, you should go as long as you are sure that you will not end up compromising your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Acts 22:15 (ESV) says, “For you will be a witness for him to everyone of what you have seen and heard.” How will you evangelize and be a light if you always stay in your comfort zone?
Be a light this Christmas. Share the joy, share the comfort, and share the love of Christ!
If you would like us to pray for you to be a good witness while at parties this holiday season, please call us at 737-0700, if you are in Metro Manila. If you are outside Metro Manila or the Philippines, you can contact us through the CBN Asia Prayer center .