16 November 2008

Have Fun!

It's about time I get back to finishing that satire commentary. So hold on to your saddle horns, folks.

I am suffering:

What is there to do? With whom?
I know I'll soon be happy
Come game time, showtime, weekend.

As long as I have fun.

I do not think I exaggerate in saying we live for fun. Consider those without salvation--without hope; what is life, but a day-to-day desperation for pleasure and any possible form of enjoyment? Now consider yourself, if you find yourself in Christ. Aside from maybe some activity in a church, does your daily life look like anything more than a desperation for enjoyment?

"What are you doing this weekend?"
[insert activity]
"Well, have fun!"

Or,
"Did you win at your game?"
"No."
"Well, did you at least have fun?"

Because all that really matters is if we have fun. Dead or reborn, we live for fun all the same. Should it be so?

The world's lie is that if you aren't having fun then you are missing out. You are missing your purpose or your opportunity. Boredom is suffering. Happiness comes when boredom goes. So, in hypnotic obedience to the lie, we live for the weekend, for the latest movie, for the television, for sports, for You-Tube. Anything to be entertained. Just don't let me suffer with boredom!

I don't think I have anything real profound to say about this. I just wish we'd have less pride in the manner of our fellowship, that it would be marked by "addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all [our] hearts, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ," Eph. 5:19-20.

Workers in the Kingdom should never be bored. That same passage from Ephesians 5 says:
Eph 5:15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,
Eph 5:16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.
Eph 5:17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Construction workers sometimes have a reputation of laziness since building projects often get drawn out far beyond the planned timeline. In the same way, building up of the Church often goes dormant when the workers get lazy. The first failure is neglecting our duties to love God and love our neighbor and then getting bored. The next failure is filling that boredom with worldly entertainment. The final failure is the resulting sin from the worldly entertainment's lingering effects. I strongly believe that the biggest influence Satan can have on a child of God is through entertainment. We leave the door wide open to him in renting a movie, flipping channels, or surfing the web. Don't get me wrong: all these things can be very good and God-glorifying. But we are commanded to "give no opportunity to the devil" (Eph 4:27). We ought not be outwitted and ignorant of his designs (2 Cor. 2:11).

Just consider if your thoughts and conversations are dominated by the movie you just saw versus by God's Word.

I suggest that we toss out "have fun" language. There is Biblical precedent to change our manner of colloquial speech:
Jas 4:13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit"--
Jas 4:14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.
Jas 4:15 Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that."
Jas 4:16 As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.

It does not say, "Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, have fun!" Rather, we are to do all things, whatever we do, "to the glory of God," 1 Cor. 10:31. We do not need to get legalistic about this and avoid all forms of enjoyment. To the contrary, we need to embrace the truth that fullness of joy flows from fellowship with God. We must approach time of leisure as an opportunity to live to the glory of God. Not for the shallowness of fun.

"What are you doing this weekend?"
[insert activity]
"Well, live to the glory of God!"

2 comments:

Caleb said...

For construction workers, a thousand years is like a day. "We'll have this road fixed in 10 days!" Whoa. That's a long time.

Rebekah said...

Jordan M. Dahl.

What's the M for?