Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Opus 2011-244, Christian Cliches: Are We Having Fun Yet? Then Stop.

Every once in awhile I meet someone who criticizes Christians because we are so dull.  We can’t have any fun, according to them.  I ran across a quote by C.S. Lewis that responds very well.  If you are unfamiliar with The Screwtape Letters, keep in mind that it is a senior demon writing to a junior demon.
“He has filled His world with pleasures.  There are things for humans to do all day long without His minding in the least - sleeping, washing, eating, drinking, making love, playing, praying, working.  Everything has to be twisted before it’s any use to us.  We fight under cruel disadvantages.  Nothing is naturally on our side.”  (Emphasis in original)  p. 118
The list Lewis gives us is surprising and short. 

It surprises because it includes things that we might not include as fun.  Washing is fun?  Think about it.  After a long, hard, sweaty day doesn’t a hot shower bring great pleasure?  Think of the joy of making love without having to worry about STD or guilt.  Are you one of those few people who can’t enjoy a Sunday afternoon nap?  Really?

It is short because of all the things that are not listed.  Take any activity that does not involve excess in alcohol, drugs or violence and it is probably something that Christians can do.  And since they won’t be influenced by alcohol or drugs they will actually remember they did it.  Such things as sky diving, skiing, hunting, and hang-gliding come to mind.  I have never done any of them, but they are on that long list of options that are open.

What happens is Satan takes the good things God has given them and twists them.  In Proverbs one of the words used for people who follow evil is crooked.  In fact that is the meaning of perverted. 

So take your choice.  Do you want to have fun and live eternally to talk about it or do you want to spend your time in Hell knowing that all of the stories you hear are lies because you have been there.

Lewis, C.S.  The Screwtape Letters.  Norwalk, Connecticut:  The Easton Press, 2002.

homo unius libri


  1. Some of the most fun I've ever had has been in the company of Christians. Pity some folks think we're so dull. Could it be they're criticizing us without knowing us? (Oh, of course not; that would be prejudice!)

  2. Genuine good times don't come out of bottles, they come out of hearts.

    Grace and peace.


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