As a parent of two sons who are now adults, I understand the dilemma that Christian parents are in when it comes to allowing their teenage children to throw parties. I am a strong proponent of offering our children alternatives, always remembering that we are called to be the salt and the light where ever we are.
What does it mean when Jesus said that we are the salt of the earth? Salt has been used for centuries as a preservative for food. As Christians, we are called to be preservatives of men – to show the world what it means to live a godly life. Also, salt enhances the taste of food. We are called to be influencers in the world.
What does it mean when we are called the light of the world? We are to have our lives shine forth as examples of what it is to be believers and followers of Christ. We are not to conform ourselves to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of our minds. Romans 12:2. We are to set the examples!
How do these scripture verses relate to teenagers and parties? In many different ways. As I mentioned in the introductory paragraph, I am a proponent of offering our children alternatives. When it comes to throwing parties, we should encourage our children to do so in godly ways, always being mindful that we are the salt and light of the world. So, instead of discouraging them from parties, consider the impact of a wholesome party on all those in attendance.
Teens can have a great time in a wholesome environment but it takes a lot of planning. Remember that at this age, they are social beings and love to have fun and interact. Of course, food is critical. Have a variety of delicious snacks available. Even consider an ethnic theme. For example, I found Mexican food easy to cook and a hit with teens. Instead of offering alcoholic beverages, have other choices, such as a tasty punch. Teens love to play games, so have your children search the web for fun games to play. They know what games they and their friends would like to play – do not force them to play a game that they do not want to.
Your goal should be to make such an impression on the teens that they will realize that wholesome parties can, indeed, be a lot of fun and want to throw more. Support your teens to be the salt and light of the world!
Websites where you can find great suggestions for games for wholesome parties: