“Let no one look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in your speech, conduct, love, faithfulness, and purity.”1 Timothy 4:12
Do you believe that God is fun? What is fun? What does the Bible say about fun?
When Pastor Paulo Tenorio was asked by young people to preach a sermon about the “fun side of God,” he was surprised to know that the Bible is quite silent about it. Worst still, fun in the Bible is portrayed in a negative way according to his searching. This troubled him since he initially believed that God is also fun.
According to Wikipedia and other online sources, fun is “the enjoyment of pleasure, particularly in leisure activities. Fun is an experience often unexpected, informal or purposeless” or an “entertainment given for a moment of happiness.”
The words “purposeless” and “a moment” gave him an idea as to why the Bible seems to not have fun with fun.
Is drinking alcohol especially with friends fun? Yes. The fact that it is a multi-billion industry says that people are having fun with it. Having sex outside marriage, is it fun? Yes. Watching movies with good and exciting narrative and yet filled with witchcraft, Gnosticism, and other activities that God hates, is it fun? Yes.
Those activities are all fun, but the questions are how long will it last and what will be its effects on our body and our salvation?
But God has a sense of humor for sure. He does not want His people to be frowning and gloomy all the time.
“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”Proverbs 17:22 KJV
If the Bible has a negative connotation about fun and God does not want us to have dismal countenances or serious-looking faces all the days of our lives, then what does God prescribe us to have or to be?
Watch the sermon above by Pastor Tenorio to learn more about this gift that God wanted us to enjoy instead of simply having fun. Interestingly, God knows that we all wanted to have fun. But He is giving us more than fun that will never harm us.
Can you fill in the blank? A clue is in Psalm 16:11.
“Fun only last for a moment, while __________ lasts for eternity.”
– with Pastor Paulo Tenorio