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We’re Far Too Easily Pleased

December 16, 2011

I think it’s fair to say that a lot of people consider Christianity to be a straightjacket.

Most non-Christians would imagine a Christian to look and behave not too dissimilar to Ned Flanders from the Simpsons. Someone who is well to do. Someone who enjoys watching a nature documentary whilst eating a bowl of porridge – Tesco’s own of course!

For most people their understanding of Christianity would be to live a boring and irrelevant life that lacks excitement and adventure.

The truth is however, if you were to actually read the bible and understand God’s blueprint for the church then you would recognise that the church we often see today is a huge misrepresentation to say the least.

I think one of the reasons we struggle to step into all that God has ready for us is that we have been distracted. Who needs God when you have iPod? We spend so much of our time, money and enthusiasm on things like sex, wealth and fame (and technology) that we have taken our eyes off that, which is most satisfying.

Things have got so twisted that we actually consider God and His church as boring and safe!

This is what CS Lewis says on the matter:

“If we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the gospels, it would seem that our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling around with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in the slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by an offer of a holiday at the sea, we are far too easily pleased.”

The truth is we have a tendency of stuffing our faces full of cheap chocolate that we have lost interest in the breathtakingly beautiful roast dinner that has been lovingly prepared for us. We have spoiled our appetite and yet we have the naivety to say that we know what it means to live.

This is what it says in the book of Psalms (in the bible)

“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

You see walking with God is actually where adventure really lies. When we replace God with sex, technology or in fact anything else then not only do we spit in the face of the King of the Universe but also we damage ourselves.

In Jeremiah chapter 2 it hints at God’s anguish at our poor choices. He hates the fact that we choose created things over Him: the creator. This isn’t because He’s an insecure bully but because He is a loving father who really does know what’s best for us. And what’s best for us is to enjoy Him; the ‘fountain of living waters.’

I want to finish with this question for those who do walk with God and those who don’t; are you being distracted? Have you become someone who is far too easily pleased?

  1. Matt permalink

    Good points in there, im rrally enjoying strrtching my braincells with this blog.

    I agree that we do get easily distracted, but part of what might be the boring image of christianity could be due to the kneejerk response to distractions, to just not engage with anything. Its about moderation, and self-control. Part of what we need to do as Christians is live a life, not without the distractions but with something bigger in mind. Otherwise dont we run the risk of becoming even more irrelevant to the people we want to reach?

    • I totally agree my friend. The important thing is not to run away from the ‘pleasures’ this earth offer you but to use them as an opportunity to enjoy God more. I’m a big lover of music, most of the time I far prefer secular music. I often thank God for his gift of creativity that means men and women across the world can create beautiful music. I think our priority is to recognise that in everything we do God remains our most important pursuit. My chief aim is to glorify Him by enjoying Him, and enjoying Him above everything else in every context of life.

      • Matt permalink

        Now that is the outlook of someone excited about God and with the right attitude about what we are on earth for. 🙂

      • Lol – it’s also the outlook of someone who’s read a lot of John Piper!

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