“So much fun, it’s sinful”?

That was the tagline on an online casino that popped up on my laptop this morning. Interesting thought, isn’t it? The first implication is that gambling is fun, and whereas it might well be, it is certainly addictive, and like all potential addictions, to be handled with extreme care. But it’s the other implication that stuck in my mind, that fun and sin go together… and that  the way of Jesus is the avoidance of fun.

It’s a familiar slur, and not without some truth. After all, did you know that the seventeenth century Puritans banned Christmas because it was too worldly!
“So much fun it’s sinful”? The line endorses the view that the Christian life is joyless, dreary, negative, and boring. Christians are boring people. They don’t know how to have fun. That’s the message.

But  God has built fun into the lives of His people. God tells us to work for 6 days and to rest on the seventh. This seventh day is meant to be a day of leisure, a day away from our work, a day in which we both pray and play. Well….we make it half way. We play and don’t pray!

But the principle in today’s reading is this: “WHATEVER you do, do it for his glory.”

There can be no secular/ sacred split because God is lord over the whole of life. That’s why Kaka (for example) insists that he plays football “to the glory of God.” That’s why the ministry of pastors or missionaries is no “higher” than that of nurses or engineers or coach drivers or ….(fill in your own blank here). It’s just your particular area in which to glorify God.

How do you do that? By living out your particular life to the full. Joyfully.

Jesus said “I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly.” He asks – I believe- that we take joy seriously! Life comes from God and is to be offered to him. The sabbath principle is a recognition that EVERY day is holy to the Lord.   The tithe principle is a recognition that ALL our money and goods and time is a gift from God. The Israel principle is that every nation is chosen and loved. The one stands for the all because God is lord of all.

So whatever you do, live your life to the full, before God and for his glory.

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