Party Peopleby Pastor Brian
Did you know that Epic is listed under “night life”? I tried new search feature on iOS and clicked on the “night life” option. There was the Epic Center. In fact the Epic Center is listed as the only “night life” in Fountain Hill. It got me thinking – are we the party people?
The Christian life is comprehensive. It involves how we work, study, relate, date, spend our time and spend our money. It should also involve how we celebrate. While it is tempting to define this in terms of how we don’t party (the next closest sites are all bars), what we need to do is present a viable alternative for celebration.
In the Bible, there were 8 different feasts listed: the Feast of Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of First Fruits, the Feast of Weeks, the Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, the Feast of Booths, the Feast of Lights, and Purim. 3 of these were mandatory. You read that right – God has commanded us to party. But we party with a purpose: we celebrate what God has done and what God will do.
Celebration helps us to not confuse Christianity with “self-help”. We have a tendency to think of following Jesus as needing to do more, be more, give more, serve more. All these things may be true, but we can’t do all this “more” out of our limited resources. First we need to celebrate, to remember from where our blessings flow. Jesus said in John 10:10, “I came that they might have life and have it abundantly.” When we celebrate we remember our blessings are able to “more” out of abundance rather than scarcity.
The opposite of celebration is neither boredom nor solemnity. The opposite of celebration is forgetfulness. Therefore let us remember that we are a party people, and celebrate together this Sunday.