Wednesday, October 20, 2010

We are Far too Easily Pleased

One of the most important things I ever read on my pilgrimage toward Christian Hedonism was from a sermon preached by C. S. Lewis in 1941. He said:  
That’s it! The enemy of worship is not that our desire for pleasure is too
strong, but too weak! We have settled for a home, a family, a few friends, a job, a
television, a microwave oven, an occasional night out, a yearly vacation, and perhaps
a new personal computer. We have accustomed ourselves to such meager,
short-lived pleasures that our capacity for joy has shriveled. And so our worship
has shriveled. Many can scarcely imagine what is meant by “a holiday at the
sea”—worshiping the living God!

John Piper - Desiring God

"If there lurks in most modern minds the notion that to desire our own good and earnestly to hope for the enjoyment of it is a bad thing, I submit that this notion has crept in from Kant and the Stoics and is no part of the Christian faith. Indeed, 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 about 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 a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased."

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