While much of the world perceives Christians as destined to a somber existence, Pastor Erwin McManus of Mosaic in Los Angeles makes the case that Jesus was a party animal.
“Nobody teaches us a ‘party theology,’” said McManus during a recent sermon available on Mosaic’s YouTube channel. “I think one of the most important things you need to understand is that if you are going to be a follower of Jesus you have to know how to throw a good party.”
He added, “Tonight we’re going to lay down a party theology so you know how to party the way Jesus did.”
While his definition of “party” may have not included intoxication by drugs or alcohol, the perception that Christianity is not about celebrating life is wrong, McManus said.
“If faith has destroyed the fun in your life, that’s not faith, that’s religion — it’s false,” he said.
During the introduction of his message McManus read the following scripture:
When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” (Luke 14:7-11 NIV)
McManus said that Jesus taught that one should enter a party (or gathering) with humility and a willingness to serve instead of expecting to be treated as an honored guest.
“What I love about Jesus is that he actually assumes we are going to go to parties,” he said.
However, McManus said that he is not a natural at socializing.
“One of the things that Jesus did a lot is that he went to a lot of parties,” he said. “If you’re more of an introvert like I am, and if you have struggles with social anxiety like I have, and if crowds terrify you like they do, somebody should warn you that when you give your life to Jesus you have to spend your entire life with humans.
“People who follow Jesus and fall in love with Jesus are actually party animals, they love throwing parties because they become like Jesus. If you notice, Jesus was always at a party. Most of the conversations you read about he’s always at somebody’s house at a party. He didn’t seem to throw the parties, he was always invited, but if you’re Jesus you get invited a lot.”
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