May 25, 2019

Christianity and Socialization

Socialization is the activity of mixing or mingling socially with others in the society. To socialize simply means to talk and do things with other people in a friendly way. There are various ways people may choose to socialize ranging from relating with people in the immediate environment, participating in governance and taking parking part in community development initiatives.

It is an acceptable practice for Christians to socialize. However, that must be done in moderation. Let your moderation be made known unto all men, says the scripture in Phil. 4:5.

In all the instances where socialization is recorded in the scripture, especially with people with positive influence in the bible, we see that moderation was brought to bear in all those instances.  We read about Jesus attending a wedding ceremony with His disciples in John 2:1-2. He also participated in the Passover feast with His disciples as recorded in Mark 14:12-14. Daniel also participated in governmental activities in Babylon – Dan. 1:18-21; 6:1-3

In order to show moderation during socialization, children of God must draw the line and define the limit they must not cross. For instance, it is lawful for Christians to recreate, but it is not beneficial for such Christian to do that in the night club 1 Cor. 6:12. A Christian can feast but not in festivals that have demonic representation. Christians can sing songs or watch movies or television programs; but not with contents that promote nudity or seductive intentions. 1 Cor. 8:8-9 warns that the reason we must not do these things is so that we do not get people who are weaker in their mind to sin.

There must be a limit to everything a child of God does, therefore moderation is that boundary to Christian socialization. Everything we do to socialize must be to the glory of God and for the building of His church.

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