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Are we having fun yet?

Christians have a reputation for being always sad, never having any fun, and so on. In 1 Timothy 6:17, Paul states, “Instruct those who are rich in the present age not to be arrogant or to set their hope on the uncertainty of wealth but on God who richly provides us with all things to enjoy.”

Wait a minute…does that mean Christians can have fun? No way. I must be mistaken. Now I have a dilemma: On the one hand I have Paul saying that Christians should find enjoyment in God’s blessings. On the other hand, I have everything I hear the rest of the world saying that Christians are miserable, intolerant bigoted people who have no clue how to have fun. Well I don’t have all the answers but I can turn to the wisest man who ever lived for answers. That man was Solomon who many believe to have written Ecclesiastes among other Old Testament books. He seems to have the answers to every question someone could ever ask in his writings. Ecclesiastes 11:8 reads, “For if a man should live for many years, let him rejoice in them all, and let him remember the days of darkness since they will be many. All that comes is futile.” Ecclesiastes 11:10 also reads, “Remove all sorrow from your heart, and put away the pain from your flesh, because youth and the prime of life are fleeting.” The wisest man that ever lived thought we should enjoy life during the good times.

This point is something that faithful Christians figure out. Giving up sin can seem like giving up everything that is fun. But in reality it is giving up everything that makes us miserable inside. Over time, as a Christian grows, they figure out how to replace those sinful things they gave up with things that are not sinful but are still fun. It’s hard at first, but gets easier as one grows as a Christian. Those who are not Christians don’t understand how a life free of the shackles of sin can be enjoyable, but it can just as fun without the guilt and hangovers. We all still do wrong from time to time, and sin is still tempting. But Christians have a way out, help from above, and each other in correcting their mistakes.

So, if the world is wrong about Christians having fun, maybe they are also wrong about us being bigoted and intolerant too.

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