I Thessalonians 5:7-8 is clear:

For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.

When I consider this verse first and then reflect upon New Year’s Eve, I have a clear decision to make about how I live out that holiday. My actions demonstrate my obedience to God and desire to glorify Him.

Therefore, our family began a new tradition last year: we wake up on New Year’s Day and celebrate with our friends and family. Often, we go to bed early on New Year’s Eve (not always) so that we can be rested, sober-minded, and eager to celebrate our helmets: the hope found in salvation through Jesus Christ alone.

Let’s re-think our holiday traditions by starting with Scripture. I’m not condemning anyone but I am sending out the challenge found in God’s Word to obey His commands regardless of the culture around us. God has called us to be holy, set apart, from worldliness to a new life devoted completely to Him.

-Mark (striving to live in the world but not of the world)