11 Dec 2012, by Adeline Lum CM-
Nineteen-year old Jerald Kang was persuaded by his housemate, Jansen Yeoh, to join the Christian Fellowship (CF) in Kolej Tunku Abdul Rahman (KTAR). He joined because he thought it was good for a change, since he was not involved in CF during his secondary school days.
When asked of his interest in night life, he said that the friends he hung out with incidentally do not go to clubs.
“I just happen to be around people with the same faith. Plus, I don’t find going to the clubs beneficial for me,” said Jerald.
Indeed, the influence of peers is powerful!
1 Corinthians 15:33-34
Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.
Jerald also added, “Whenever people ask (me to go to the clubs), I’ll take a step back and think.
1 Corinthians 10:23
"Everything is permissible"–but not everything is beneficial. "Everything is permissible"–but not everything is constructive.
In all decisions that are permissible, it is wise to ask ourselves, “Is this decision beneficial for me?” and “Is this decision constructive or productive for me?”
He did not see the reason to choose that life because he believed that God has a bigger plan for him.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
On a (big) side note, during my college days, I was often drawn to the clubs, believing that they would fulfil my wants of excitement and glitz of the world, unconfined by the church walls.
But based on my personal experience, my hope of feeling more satisfied only came back empty. If I could describe how I felt, it felt like I am running until my feet are bare and my throat is dry to find fulfilment, only to return to feeling empty. Yet, I still returned to the night life in hope of fulfilment (Jeremiah 2:25).
Do not run until your feet are bare
and your throat is dry
But you said, ‘It’s no use!
I love foreign gods,
and I must go after them.’
I may feel fulfilled only but a moment
But when I found God, I found rest and fulfilment instead (Psalm 23:1-2). Also, I am a nobody to preach or condemn anyone who drinks to get drunk or high. Jesus said, “but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!" (John 8:7) to the Pharisees who wanted to stone a woman caught in adultery.
But I do want to appeal to your rational thinking on what’s beneficial to you. What long-term goal can you achieve from clubbing?
So, clubbing- Yay or Nay? It is up to your choice.
Note: Jerald Kang is currently majoring in Sports Science in KTAR, a promising fitness trainer in helping people in living a healthy lifestyle and has no time to exercise. He is also participating in the RUNTAR. Stay tune on what Tricia Lim and Amanda Soo from RUNTAR think!
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