Uncomfortable Christianity

I was reading selected essays (from God in the Dock) from C.S. Lewis and came across a statement he made during a recorded Q&A. To set the proper context, his comments came as a response to which religion provides its’ followers the “greatest happiness.” Lewis’ response included this statement: “As perhaps you know, I haven’t always […]

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“All men seek h…

“All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. The cause of some going to war, and of others avoiding it, is the same desire in both, attended with different views. The will never takes the least step but to this object. This is the motive of every action of every man, even of those who hang themselves.” – Blaise Pascal

Like my pastor who quoted this during his sermon Sunday, I don’t read much (if any) Blaise Pascal. I did, however, find his statement about the reasons why people do what they do to be thought-provoking. Is any human action ever done for any other purpose than their own self-fulfillment (or, happiness)? As I’ve thought through this a little, I believe I agree with Pascal. The human heart is a heart that seeks to be obsessed with something (my pastor said this Sunday). I agree with this, too. So, the human heart seeks its own happiness above all things, even rightly calling this seeking of happiness an obsession. And, the heart does not cease in its pursuit. We acquire what we think will satisfy us and as it shows itself to be rather shallow or superficial, we begin looking for the next thing to satisfy.

Well, what is this brief post about? Jesus. He called himself the bread of life (Jn 10), the water of life (Jn 8) and the way, truth and life (Jn 14). Everything we seek is in him. And, what’s completely cool about finding our satisfaction in him is how Jesus cannot be understood in an eternity, much less a lifetime. Jesus cannot be experienced in a lifetime. Jesus is the Eternal, Uncreated, Infinite source of all things. He is the object of our greatest desire, and the rhythm to which our souls naturally dance. Were we to turn our hearts to Christ, we’d find that our hearts satisfaction only grows and grows. Sure, there are dry, desert like times as we follow him. Yet, Jesus is the one obsession that will not destroy our hearts (my pastor).

Here is an analogy. I just thought of it, and haven’t thought through it. Don’t judge…. Our hearts are obsessed with swimming. But everything this world has to offer is like a kiddie pool you buy at a convenient store you set up on your front yard. After five minutes the water is too warm to swim in and you’re flat bored. So, on to the next shallow swimming hole. But, Jesus is like walking to a beach and seeing all along the horizon blue water. You could spend the rest of our life swimming the known seas and exploring the depths of the oceans and you probably won’t have scratched the surface.

We do everything for the sake of our happiness. May God grant us his Spirit to see happiness is only fully, and finally found in Him.

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Resurrection and Risk

Jesus is alive. There really is no other way to account for the disciples dramatic change from those who would abandon Jesus to those who willingly gave their lives for him. There is no other way to account historically for the spread of the church through the centuries. Let me say it again. Jesus is […]

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