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Christians Have More Fun
Bible study on fun.

People in the world have the mistaken idea that Christians don't have fun.

Preparing to write this article, I did some research that led me to a couple of YouTube videos. One was of a guy mockingly pretending to count ants for fun, among other things, as a Christian. And another video was of a woman trying to live as a Christian for a few days who was bored, having stopped smoking, drinking, watching television, and reading books.

Fun Defined
Like many words, "fun" is used in a number of ways, but here are some common uses of the word that are applicable to our study.

As a noun, the word "fun" denotes "a source of enjoyment, amusement, or pleasure" (The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, 2009).

Likewise, "fun" as an adjective describes that which is enjoyable or pleasurable.

Different Activities are Fun for Different People
In general, the things we enjoy and find pleasurable are fun. Since people find different things enjoyable, they differ in their view of what is fun.

For example, I imagine there are people who think it's fun to climb Mount Everest because they enjoy it. But I don't enjoy climbing a mountain, and don't consider it to be fun.

Christians Different From Unbelievers
Christians are different from unbelievers, so our idea of fun is different.

  • "Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, "I will dwell in them and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate," says the Lord. "And do not touch what is unclean; and I will welcome you" (2 Cor. 6:14-17).

For example, the rich man who planned to tear down his barns and build larger ones so he could take his ease, eat, drink and be merry for many years had a different view of fun than Jesus' disciples. His idea of fun resulted in his soul being required of him that very night, as one who wasn't rich toward God.

As Christians, things we find joyful and pleasurable are different from people of the world. The things that are fun to us are often not fun to them, and the things that are fun to them are often not fun to us.

Christians Don't Think Sin is Fun
"Fun" denotes that which is enjoyable or pleasurable.

"Fun" as it relates to worldly behaviors like drug abuse, alcoholism, and promiscuity results in a very un-fun life. These behaviors often result in financial ruin, physical and mental abuse, broken homes, and incurable disease. They not only affect the person engaging in the behavior, but also people associated with them (Rom. 1:18-32; 2 Pet. 2:20-22).

Satan deceives people into believing sinful behaviors are enjoyable (i.e., fun), thus enslaving them to sin, and resulting in destructive activities.

"Jesus answered them, 'Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin'" (Jn. 8:34).

As Christians, we train ourselves with God's word to think differently (Rom. 12:1-2; Col. 3:10). We abhor evil and cling to what is good (Rom. 12:9). We are virtuous, and partakers of God's divine nature (2 Pet. 1:4-5). We don't think sin is fun, except in cases when we mistakenly turn away from God and give ourselves over to sinful desires (1 Jn. 2:15-16).

Watch What You Say
Now for a brief warning regarding a phrase I've heard among Christians that goes like this, "If sin isn't fun, you're not doing it right."

In one way, I know what is meant by this phrase. But, we have to be careful and make sure we're understood. We don't want people to get the impression we think sin is fun, because we don't.

Since we abhor evil, sin is detestable and certainly not fun.

Maybe a better phrase would be, "If you're a Christian, sin isn't fun!"

Christians Have More Fun
As we conclude this study, I want to suggest that Christians have more fun. We have more fun than we would have as unbelievers, and we have more fun than people in the world who aren't in Christ.

We rejoice all the time, consider it all joy when we encounter trials, have the peace of God that surpasses all understanding, and can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens us (Phil. 4:4, 7, 13; Jas. 1:2).

Besides this, we have God's promise for the present life and also for the life to come (1 Tim. 4:8). The promise for this life is to have the best possible life while living as a child of God (Eph. 6:3). And the promise for the life to come is eternal life (1 Jn. 2:25).

What can bring a person more joy than serving God on earth, and being with Him for eternity in heaven? Nothing.

Truly, Christians have more fun.