Question: "Should a Christian join a fraternity / sorority?"

In this reply on fraternities / sororities, we are giving POSSIBLE issues. We are not saying that all fraternities / sororities fit all of the items we mention. As with anything else, always closely examine a group before you make any commitment to it. Research as to what fraternity / sorority life involves and requires.

The first question that needs to be asked is why a person would want to join a fraternity / sorority. Motives in God's eyes are all important (1 Samuel 16:7). Only you truly know what your motives are. Depending on your reasons, different issues come to the forefront. If one wants to join a fraternity / sorority because they have the best parties, the Bible says that such a life should belong in one's unsaved past, not in the present life of a believer (1 Peter 4:3).

If one wants to join a fraternity / sorority because of it being a status symbol, it becomes an issue of pride. The Bible repeatedly encourages humility both in life and in the choice of one's companions (Romans 12:16; 1 Peter 5:5-7), even as Christ lived. The Bible mentions pride as a MAJOR sin and as something God hates (Proverbs 6:16-19; 8:13; 11:2; 16:18; Daniel 4:37; 1 Peter 5:5; 1 John 2:15-17).

A Christianís closest companionship should be with fellow Christians and not companionship based on some other external tie such as belonging to the same fraternity / sorority, having gone to the same school, coming from same race or social class, etc. (Galatians 3:28; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; 12:24-26; Galatians 6:10; John 13:34-35). There are usually para-church organizations such as Navigators and/or good local churches who have ministries in helping young people come to know Christ and grow as His disciples. These groups or simply fellow Christians should be sought after as the core group of friends while one is away at college.

Who one has as his closest companions is a major issue in Scripture whether they be fraternity brothers, roommates in a dorm, classmates, etc. Here are a few of Scripture's admonitions concerning this issue: "Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners" (1 Corinthians 15:33). "He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed" (Proverbs 13:20). "I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts" (Psalm 119:63). "Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding" (Proverbs 9:6).