“You’ve already put in your time in that God-ignorant way of life, partying night after night, a drunken and profligate life. Now it’s time to be done with it for good.” 1 Peter 1:3
I’ve never been much of a partier–probably because I got married before I could legally drink. I can also say that in no time during my high school years did I get offered a drink (even by my boyfriend who was of legal drinking age), cigarettes, or drugs. Maybe I lived in LaLaLand and just didn’t know what was going on around me, but I am grateful I didn’t develop any bad habits at an early age.
Recently, after a long evening of partying with her sorority sisters, one of the students chose to go home. Instead of walking or driving, she did the responsible thing and called a cab. Tragically, someone intercepted her, and the next day she was found dead along the side of a road outside of town. All who knew her, and loved her, are now faced with questions, grief, and regret. However, partying will continue.
I doubt if there is such a thing as a “responsible” way to party when drinking (and possibly drugs) is involved. And, there is the chance if someone decides to give up a “drunken and profligate” life, they may face, as Paul says in 1 Peter, the fact that “your old friends don’t understand why you don’t join in with the old gang anymore.” (vs. 4) But he reminds us that you only have to justify your actions to God.
God, help us to find ways to party that we won’t regret later. Amen.