Overcoming Temptations in College
Temptation #1: Alcohol
“Binge drinking is so bad that when researchers tried using Breathalyzers at parties and bars it only encouraged students to drink more. No matter how many bad consequences are put in front of students–drunk driving, addictions, unwanted sexual intercourse, unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, decreased performance in school it just doesn’t offset the two perceived benefits of drinking: it’s liberating and a good excuse”
-Sharon Jayson, media and communications strategist
Reading the above statement, we can deduce that alcohol consumption is here to stay in university. I mean it’s such a popular trend that makes one fit in and ‘transition’ into adulthood. As said above, it is ‘liberating’ and ‘a good excuse’, who wouldn’t want to do it? This sounds really good for the people of the world, but let’s observe this behavior with our Christian lenses. By no means do I want to approach this with a legalistic view and say: “Thou shalt not drink alcohol!’ That would be a pure, bold lie because the Lord Jesus Himself acknowledged drinking wine in Luke 7:34 “The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a wine-drinker, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’” On the other hand, the Bible also gives us examples of Spirit-filled men like John the Baptist who didn’t drink at all “for he [John] will be great in the sight of the Lord; and he will drink no wine or liquor, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit while yet in his mother’s womb”-Luke 1:15. There is one important thing we must always remember in our walk with the Lord, 1 Corinthians 6:12 says:
“Everything is permissible for me,” but not everything is helpful. “Everything is permissible for me,” but I will not be brought under the control of anything.
In Jesus Christ, we have the freedom to do everything we want, but are all things really beneficial to us? I have the freedom not to fast, but will taking this decision really help my spiritual life? In regards to our freedom, the apostle Paul mentioned “for you have been called to live in freedom, brothers. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature” (Gal 5:13), and the apostle Peter added “Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil” (1 Pet 2:16). As children of God, we have the freedom to drink alcohol, however, we must realize the dangers that come with this practice. Alcohol consumption, especially among university students, tends to foster an atmosphere of drunkenness, waywardness, sexual conduct, addiction, and absence of good judgment. Is it then beneficial to indulge in such an activity? I let you decide for yourself. Even if we say that we will not deviate like others and will be sober while drinking with friends, all I can say is “let’s not give the devil a foothold.”
For any of you who would like to stay away from alcohol, let’s see the times that you are most influenced to drink: Usually in the company of friends. This can happen at home, restaurants, parties, or clubs. We have to be frank with ourselves ladies if we are serious about our walk with the Lord and choose to stay away from alcohol. We must learn to be firm by saying ‘no’ or distancing ourselves from tempting areas. If that means, refusing to attend college clubs, we have to do it; if that means, telling our roommates that we’ll no longer participate in the social drinking at home, then so be it. This may not be easy at first, that’s the reason we should be fervent in prayer and rely on the Holy Spirit to help us overcome. I know you may be afraid of what you’ll be labeled as but don’t worry you’re doing it for your sanity and the glory of God; I have myself been called many names for choosing to stay pure. Plus, this will only show that we’re on the right path, for Jesus said: “Students are to be like their teacher, and slaves are to be like their master. And since I, the master of the household, have been called the prince of demons, the members of my household will be called by even worse names! But don’t be afraid of those who threaten you”–Matthew 10;25-26. For surely, our Heavenly Father will not leave or abandon us when we want to honor Him.