The Theology of Throwing Parties

Christians should throw the best parties. But the reality is far from the truth. In all actuality, Christians throw the lousy, cheesy parties. This is why most people outside the church see Christians as just a bunch of people who have no fun. Of course with everything, there are exceptions. I have been to some really sweet, awesome parties thrown by Christians. I would contend, however, that is the exception rather than the rule.

Christian parties stink.

I wouldn’t say that a kegger is a great party either. That’s not the kind of parties I am talking about. I am talking about the kind of parties that people want to always come to, Christian or not – the parties that have great food, good fellowship and excellent conversations. Christians should throw great parties for one reason:

Christians have the one thing that we should rejoice about: hope.

Christians have something to party about. Sometimes people throw parties to show off or sometimes to ignore life. Parties should reflect what life is going to be like one day with our Savior in heaven. They should be a time to escape from the junk that’s going on. So many times our parties reflect too much the junk in our lives rather than the fact that it has been defeated.

Revelation 19:9 says, “Blessed are those invited to the marriage supper of the lamb.”

The marriage supper of the lamb is a picture of a celebration of Christ and his bride triumphing over sin, evil and Satan once and for all.

This is why we should party today. We have a Savior who has conquered sin on the cross. He has conquered the penalty of sin (death), the power of sin, and will one day conquer the possibility of sin. This should cause us to rejoice and rejoice greatly!

The hope in the gospel should cause us to engage culture, not flee from it. The reason so many parties thrown by Christians are just mediocre is because they tend to run from culture and hide. What is the result? – weirdness. It makes sense that no one (other than other Christians) want to go to a party put on by a Christian.

Parties are a way to not only rejoice in the gospel but also proclaim the gospel. I think this provides a good litmus test for the type off party Christians are throwing. Do people outside the church want to come? If not, then you should really rethink what you are doing with and during your party.

What are some things that make a great party? Great food (not fried chicken from Wal-Mart), good music, and good conversations. One example of thinking outside the box: Some of my friends have parties to get together to watch the Walking Dead. They create a theme for the food and games based with different elements around the show. Brilliant!

Christian: Throw great parties.

What do you think? Any examples of a great party idea?

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