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Should I attend staff nights out?

Submitted: 11/23/2005
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Question: Is it wrong to go to a Staff 'do' i.e. a night out for a meal, even though you will not be partaking in alcohol consumption and merry making? I am an Apostolic, and naturally I work with sinners, people know I am a Christian, I am not ashamed of that, but I don't want to always stay away from things like this because people may think I am 'holier than thou' and think I am better than them. I do not think this at all and would rather like to be an example to the sinners, i.e. my dress code is different, my conversation is different and my whole attitude is different. Do you think Christians should just stay away from these things all together or sometimes partake to be a light amongst the darkness? Thank you and God bless you.

Answer: Matthew 9:10-13 records this story:

Now it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, 'Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?' When Jesus heard that, He said to them, 'Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice.' For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.'

We believe it is important to gather together with your fellow believers on a regular basis. We also believe it is important to live as a holy vessel of the Lord. But we also believe it is important to mingle with the ungodly in situations such as what you have described. Jesus was not afraid of such gatherings. Your unwillingness to drink alcohol at this event may be a greater witness than simply not attending.