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Iíve heard that bad stuff happens sometimes in clubs. I just want to go with my girl friends and have a good time. Should I go?

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A local club has a teen night when they let people less than 21 years of age in. Iím a girl, and I just want to go with my girl friends and have a good time. But Iím wondering if I should. Iíve heard that bad stuff happens sometimes in clubs.óClub Wary, 16.


Tiffany Answers:

Dear Club Wary,

On the surface, it seems so innocent, doesn’t it? What’s the matter with hanging out with friends in a security-watched spot and just having fun? I mean, it’s teen night. No alcohol will be served, right? H’mmm. So innocent in appearance at first glance, but it goes so much deeper under the surface.

Here is the long and short of it: If you are a teen trying to grow in your relationship with God, a nightclub is not going to do much to help. In fact, I daresay it’ll do the opposite. You may have one agenda for going, which is just to have some good, wholesome fun, but that doesn’t mean that the other patrons have the same agenda as you. Look at the odds. One, or let’s say five of you have good intentions, but the other 100 or so patrons have more, um, risqué plans. What do you think the overall culture of that environment will be?

You are right. Clubs are notorious for shady stuff. To make sure that I wasn’t just shooting at the wind, I went to my good old friend Wikipedia just to get an idea of the history of these establishments. Throughout the ages, nightclubs have been the hot spots for all sorts of seedy things: gang activity, drugs, sex, and alcohol. Just because it’s “Under 21” night does not mean that alcohol is not going to find its way into the club, and it’s highly likely that drugs will as well. Usually the dancing that goes on in clubs is highly suggestive and, sometimes, outright sexual. The club is one of the birthplaces of the infamous “hookup,” where individuals go to meet someone to have casual sex with. You are definitely going to hear music there that, I guarantee, is not going to promote things that you as a Christian hold in high esteem. Let’s not forget the infamous club attire, a style of dress for young women that is mostly about being tight and revealing. “Under 21” night does not clean up the usual club atmosphere; all it changes is the legal sale of alcohol.

The Bible says: “Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:21, 22). Realistically speaking, could you walk away from a club without drinking, doing drugs, or having sex? Yes. But why run the risk to your spiritual journey by putting yourself in the path of temptation? Why, indeed, when there are other things that you and your friends can do to socialize and have fun. If there aren’t any other more positive activities to do for teens in your area, link up with an official from your school or your area youth pastor to create some.
Don’t limit yourself. I’m praying for you!



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