When I was growing up in a very strict church, I thought that I was missing out on everything that normal kids were allowed to do. No pants, no makeup, no hair dye or hair cuts. No open toe shoes, no dancing, no jewelry, no movie theaters. I wasn’t allowed to do any of these things and I equated having no fun with who God is. Religion and rules are not God. Yes, according to the Bible there are Godly standards a Christian should live up to. But no matter what we do, we can not earn salvation and acceptance into God’s family. Accepting Jesus Christ’s work on the cross, repenting of your sins and choosing to live God’s way is what will earn you Salvation. In the Bible, the religious leaders were angry with Jesus because He showed love and compassion to people, and in their eyes, defied the ancient religious laws. Jesus said, ”
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” – Matthew 5:17. And in Romans 13:8, Paul wrote,
“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.” Now, we can not make up our own description of love based on our feelings and what we want. That’s lawlessness. But God is love and He tells us what love is in His word, the Bible. One thing love isn’t, is harsh human made restrictions that it’s hard for a person to live up to. Christians can have fun! In my opinion (from my own experience) Christians can have more fun than someone who is not a follower of Jesus. Reason being, when you know who made you, who He made you to be and that you are loved and accepted beyond what you see, you are free in Christ! Following Jesus is not boring and restricting. Yes, there are things you learn not to do as a follower of Christ, because you want to please the Lord, and you love Him. The closer you get to God, the less you will desire the things this world has to offer that don’t please God, have absolutely no eternal value and are actually detrimental to your soul… A little more about specifics of fun, if you will. First, Romans 14:1-2 says
“Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables.” So some things for some people may be sin, according to what they believe, between them and the Lord. But if doing it in love and for the Glory of God, some things are okay. Do I think dancing is wrong? No. David and others in the Bible danced, praising God. And I know that
“Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens.” – James 1:17 Do I think that movie theaters, wine, jewelry, makeup and pants on women are all a sin? No. But you let those things be between you and the Lord and what your faith is like. A lot of good things have been perverted by the enemy of our souls and we should not partake in those perversions. Paul said,
“You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is beneficial.” 1 Corinthians 10:23.
I said that all that about the law, love and truth to make some points. But when I am with my husband and kids, I have fun. When I go shopping, I have fun. When I go to church (Yes!) I have fun. When I go on a long drive, I have fun. When I go to a party, I have fun. When I make plans for the future with my husband, I’m having fun. When I go on a vacation, I have fun. I love God, and I want to please Him, and I enjoy the life He blessed me with.