Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy.
The prodigal son wanted to party. His dad fronted him the cash to do it. Consequently, he partied full-throttle to all kinds of lewd and drunken extremes. He took a big left turn from righteousness and helpfulness as a dutiful son.*
Judah was the forefather of Jesus, but all of his acts don't seem too holy, including the conception of Perez (Judah's son in the lineage of Christ). It involved sleeping with a prostitute (or so Judah thought when he made his move.)**
Long before both of these stories, Noah got drunk and lay naked inside his tent. The cheeky response from one of his son's brought a curse on Canaan, which would produce a land of flagrant immorality.***
Note: Before we mount up on high horses pointing fingers at naughty behavior, please consider:
1) We are NOT called to criticize the world. Paul makes that prohibition very clear.****
2) We ARE called to correct inside the church, but in gentleness and humility.*****
3) Much to my eternal satisfaction, God welcomes the return of prodigals. Are they the lost sheep who left the large herd? Those whose homecoming Heaven celebrates?******
Last word: Don't write off partyers or prodigals. Instead, seek them out and follow God's lead.
## Gotcha's Detours: Partyers (Part 49)
* The Parable of the Prodigal Son, as told be Jesus:
** Article (and video) on Judah and Tamar:
*** In depth article, The Nakedness of Noah and the Cursing of Canaan:
**** Paul condemns spiritual pride:
***** 2 Verses on godly correction within the church:
****** 'I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in Heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent' (Luke 15:7, NIV).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Gotcha! series.