I wanted to share something that I've been reflecting on for a while, but I'm somewhat apprehensive that I'll be misunderstood as I say this. So please, bear with me, and hear my heart.
I am pondering the place of "fun" in the Christian life (there, I've said it).
This has come up several times recently, as I keep hearing people advertise various church events or programs as "so fun!" "the funnest thing ever!" and "proof that Christians can have fun too!". I know that they are trying to share their positive experience with others, but I have to admit, there's something about that that really turns me off. Honestly, it makes me not want to go.
You see, the times in my life that have been the most important, memorable, and transforming, are not times that I would necessarily describe as fun. The most significant moments or events in my life have been meaningful.
Times that I feel the presence of God so intensely my breath is taken away... times when the chatter of the world drops away and I can hear His still small voice, bringing clarity or peace to specific situations... sunsets so beautiful tears come to my eyes... times when God powerfully speaks through me to encourage another person... these are the moments I live for, the times when everything comes together, my senses sharpen, life makes sense, and I feel that I understand and am living my purpose on this earth.
There's no fun in the world that can compare with that!
Hold on... those things are fun, in a way. They're not UN-fun. They're not boring. But if I were to be seeking a fun time, I would be missing the point.
You see, the church has something the world doesn't. And that is a sweet, personal, meaningful relationship with a powerful, amazing God. The world already has this thing called fun. They're experts at it. But there's something better, an intangible, transcendent purpose to our lives - when you do what you were made to do, when you "live your glory"... this is what I long for, yearn for, strive for, what I need.
So why do Christians feel the compulsion to appeal to the shallow, the selfish fun-seeking nature, when there is something greater to be found?
I realize this sounds anti-fun. That's not it. I'm anti-FOCUSING on fun, if that makes any sense.
The best example I've thought of is this:
Imagine, if you will, that you have a friend going to a wedding. Your friend says,
"I am so excited about this wedding! I can't stop thinking about the wedding cake we're going to eat. Five layers, fresh buttercream frosting, raspberry filling, mmm, it's the best cake I'm going to eat all year! You know what? You should come with me, and you can get some of this cake too! I know you would love it!"
What would you say? What would you think?
Yes, the cake will be delicious. It will be the best cake you taste this year. But, that's not the point. The cake should not be the reason you go to the wedding!
I think it's the same way with the Christian life. If you gather with friends to come into the presence of the living God, you will have a great time. But if entertainment is your main goal, I believe you're missing the point.
So, there you have it.
Do you agree? Disagree? Does anyone else out there share this hunger for the truly significant? If so, I want to hear from you...