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Thursday, September 02, 2004

I was walking to class the other day and I passed by a guy wearing a shirt saying "alive for pleasure." That made me stop short and think, "alive for pleasure?" It was such a great example of how unchristian our society is. I don't know. Think about it..."alive for pleasure" vs. "let us...now lay aside all earthly cares." But I guess that is the essence of our struggle in this world, to live a life that is truly christian. What a challenge.

3 Comments:

  • You should have smacked that guy in the teeth and thrown a bible at him screaming, “Get right with the Lord sinner, get right!

    Just playing.

    Welcome to the big leagues Banana, where they serve it up with all the moral relativism fit to screen a shirt.

    By Blogger John, at September 2, 2004 at 3:46 PM  

  • The more things change, the more they stay the same. Your t-shirt wearer reminds me of the party animals who were drinking, getting high and being generally idiotic when *I* was in college, and this was 25 years ago.

    At my dorm, one of these luminaries asked, more or less out of a clear blue sky, "So what DO you do for fun?" as if the mystery of that had just about exhausted him. I didn't make any kind of an answer, because his hostile tone spoke louder than any possible real curiosity about me as a person.

    I've thought about that question over the years, and I'm betting that the real answer is the same for me as it would be for you or any other decent, moral individual: I don't do *anything* for fun. As these Alive-for-pleasure types measure it, we don't do a thing. And yet -- go figure -- the fun happens. In constant ways, there are little pleasures and great ones that come if only you don't go chasing after them at the expense of your integrity and common sense.

    Given enough time, even worldly hedonists realize this. The difference between them and the rest of us is that they think this represents a failure and they despair; we realize that it's the beginning of maturity and we rejoice.

    Grace
    aka Mrs. Brooks
    http://orthodox-heterodox.blogspot.com

    By Blogger Grace, at September 4, 2004 at 10:19 AM  

  • Actually, he is alive for pleasure. But it is not his pleasure for which he is alive. Nevertheless, in ignorance he proclaimed the truth.

    "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." (Revelation 4:11)

    By Blogger Matt, at September 24, 2004 at 11:15 PM  

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