Christian Hedonism?

Just saw a reference to “Christian Hedonism”. It’s like saying, Don’t look to drugs to get high, Jesus will get you high!    ….Kind of. But if you’re looking to Jesus to get high you’re already missing His message and missing Him, that it’s not about you, it’s about Him. If we get the order right then He will supply enough joy to carry us through.

“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him”  (John Piper) is absolutely the truth. The fine line would be not to make even our own personal satisfaction the ultimate goal of our life, but to glorify Him, knowing our satisfaction is inseparable from His glory.

 

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3 Responses to “Christian Hedonism?”

  1. ian vincent Says:

    I had no idea Christian Hedonism was connected to John Piper, apparently he wrote a book of that title, so i know very little of his views on it. As for seeking God’s glory first, before anything else, i can’t see any contest to that in scripture. There is an important distinction in motive, when it comes to seeking something for yourself, when God is a means to an end, so I know it can sound like semantics, but observing movements where they’ve passionately sought to feel better they always go off the rails, it’s something to do with the nature of faith. God expects us to be satisfied in Him now, as we are complete in Christ, so, while we should desire to know Him more, if one is always dissatisfied, and the promised satisfaction always just out of reach, always strained for by some new thing we must do to obtain it, then faith is faulty.

  2. ian vincent Says:

    To reduce the issue down to more simple terms, there’s two outlooks, the correct one begins with God, then US in relation to God, and the error, it begins with ME, then God in relation to me. (I’m not referring to Piper). In Christendom we find these wheat and tares growing together, reading the same Bible, but understanding it very differently. The latter always understand scripture in terms of themselves at the center and God existing for them, the exact reverse. Especially so with millennials, as they’ve only known a post-Christian culture, and all their life been totally immersed in a culture of self.

  3. Braden Says:

    Amen, Ian. Good post. I agree with what you’ve said. It most certainly is not about us but about God!

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