Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Are North American Christians too happy?

Here's Jeff Weddle:
Christianity is too happy.

If Christians were to read their Bibles they would run into a lot of depression. The entire Old Testament is depressing. God’s chosen people continually rebel and then get dispersed and by the end there’s nothing left. The New Testament, although seeming to promise joy, starts off with our Savior being crucified. It proceeds into the epistles, written by apostles who are close to being killed for their faith. Then we wrap it up with the destruction of all life.

And yet, we’re happy.

We sing happy songs and smile. Smiling is, in fact, the new outward face of the “good Christian.” Our popular pastors are always smiling and well-tanned. I have no problem with smiling and tans, I just have a problem with happy. Happy, happy, happy. It’s too happy. I know, we’re told to “rejoice evermore.” Rejoicing is much different than happy.
I think I'm convinced-or maybe just depressed. And I like to think there's something worth reading in Jeff's comments section, too.


Blogger nAncY said...

it was good to read this post well as reading your comment.

i am honored that you chose to share a part of your life that was painful, yet, shows a good example of truth and interaction.


12:08 PM, March 11, 2009  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Thank you, Nancy.

10:39 PM, March 11, 2009  

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