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Lordoitagain
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 Can a Christian have fun and still be a Christian?

Can a Christian have fun and still be a Christian?

That’s how it started … just an “innocent” question. The entire church from every denomination, walk and creed rose up with a thundering resounding YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We have all set out to prove to our children and grandchildren that YES!!! a Christian can have fun and still be a Christian. As long as our fun (we argue) doesn’t contain sinful things, we can have fun!!! We have every form of good clean Christian fun imaginable here in the USA and around the world.


Can we not take another look at that question?

Can a soldier have fun while a fierce war is raging?

Can a fireman have fun while babies are screaming trapped in a burning house?

Can a doctor have fun while three patients on the floor are in code blue?

Perhaps this post sounds a little radical. Are we not in an URGENT situation???

Can we get together and spend half a day and half a night in Christian carnivals and volleyball games, and not spend EVEN MORE time than that on our faces before God crying out in desperation for our lost generation? Can we watch Satan rip this generation apart with every form of wickedness imaginable and unimaginable, and still justify our “need for R&R” and sit up and watch good clean Christian movies?

Will our children remember all-night camp-outs & fun, or will they remember all-night prayer meetings and evangelizing in the streets or in homes, and souls getting rescued?

Are we so careful to be “balanced” that we are ending up out of balance in comparison to the need of this generation?

Ex 32:6 And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.

Can we play and have fun while all around us is the worship of a golden calf?


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Michael Strickland

 2010/3/30 9:57Profile
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 Re: Can a Christian have fun and still be a Christian?

Can a Christian have fun watching his kids roll around in the sandbox putting sand all over each other?

Can a Christian have fun watching his wife's face light up when you look into her eye's and tell her that "I love you"?

Can a Christian have fun bringing souls the Gospel and watching them turn from their own wickedness?


There are so many things that the Lord allows us to enjoy. Having fun is one of them. Not trying to knock your post Lordoitagain, just pointing to the other aspect of it. :-)


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Christiaan

 2010/3/30 10:30Profile
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 Re: Can a Christian have fun and still be a Christian?


I suppose this question could be answered in the light of Ecclesiates 3, 'To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven...

One persons idea of 'fun' differs from another.

For me, reading is fun, but some haven't seen the inside of a book in years.

Life is a blessing, Ps 133v3, and our joy should be in Him.

God bless.

 2010/3/30 11:17Profile
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 Re: Can a Christian have fun and still be a Christian?

Hi Lordoitagain

I understand what your saying, I have scene those that profess His name are are just looking to have a party and hang out. Being a christian is like joining the country club to them, but I think there is a real danger in going to far the other way also. For me any kind of extreme is not what the Lord has for us. I have known some who believe that its wrong to enjoy ourselves or have a fun time because we are Christians. I have seen these same Christians become judgmental and filled with pride, sadly and literally become to holy to laugh or smile. I don't believe that is what God has for us. God wants to give us good things, He wants us to have joy and laughter. He also wants us to care for those around us and extend ourselves to others. There is a time to weep, and a time of joy. If our focus is on Jesus and we submit ourselves to His leading then we will know by His leading whether to be spending the night in prayer or to go out and run and laugh in the sunshine! I think that there is balance to these things in Christ Jesus and the key is to keep our eyes on Him so we don't loose sight of that??

Just my thoughts
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ellie

 2010/3/30 11:23Profile
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"And Jesus saw the children bouncing a red ball back and forth to eachother on the streets of Jerusalem, and wept..." Matthew 29:16


Hmmmm....


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Jimmy H

 2010/3/30 11:37Profile
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KingJimmy. Not sure what your trying to get at, but children are a gift from the Lord. Gifts are to be celebrated, enjoyed, etc..

I apologize in advance if I have not understood the post correctly, so I will just ask. Are people on this thread saying that the Lord does not want anyone or his children to have fun?


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Christiaan

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Miccah,

I was making light of the idea that God does not want us to have fun. Thus, I made up a fictional verse about Jesus being angry at children bouncing a red ball around the streets of Jerusalem.

God forbid we ever enJOY life. No doubt, it can be taken to gluttonous excess, and be full of carnality, and choke out the fruitfulness of the ministries we have been called to do. But there is definitely room for it. I do recall, after experiencing a shipwreck, the natives of the island Paul landed on showed hospitality to those who washed up on shore, and did so by entertaining them.

Yet Paul's healing ministry was not hindered by the entertainment put on by his pagan hosts.


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Jimmy H

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I apologize in advance if I have not understood the post correctly, so I will just ask. Are people on this thread saying that the Lord does not want anyone or his children to have fun?


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I am not saying that Miccah.(not sure about anyone else) I believe the Lord does want us to laugh and have joy. I believe children are a blessing, nothing makes me smile more then a little ones laughter. I think God wants us to submit all things unto Him and keep our focus on Him as we go through each day. I believe He has times of fun and times of work, and I am learning that there can even be great joy and fun in the work:)

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Ellie

 2010/3/30 11:57Profile
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Hey Jimmy

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I was making light of the idea that God does not want us to have fun. Thus, I made up a fictional verse about Jesus being angry at children bouncing a red ball around the streets of Jerusalem.


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I thought that was your intention but I did not want to answer for you:)

I agree with you, taken to either extreme is not what God has for His children.

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ellie

 2010/3/30 12:01Profile
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I agree with you, taken to either extreme is not what God has for His children.



I think what we have often (and this is something that does bother me) are people who have based their theologies on some of the sayings of Ravenhill, Wilkerson, and others, when they were not at their best, instead of basing their theology on the whole counsel of God's word. Sometimes these men of God, as awesome as they have been, have said things that issued out of a cynical spirit rather than the Scriptures and the Spirit of God. It may sound spiritual, but it's just as carnal and man-made as those who Paul warned us about in Colossians 2, that say "touch not, taste not, and handle not."

Just because Ravenhill, Keith Daniel, Wilkerson, or the Puritan writers said it, doesn't make it true.


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