“Topics Worth the Tussle” is a series about themes that might not always receive the attention they deserve – but that can be paradigm-shifting for college ministries and their students. They might take a little bit of energy to worth through – thus the name of the series – but if they’re topics your students need to hear about, it’s worth it!
Go then, eat your bread in happiness and drink your wine with a cheerful heart; for God has already approved your works. Let your clothes be white all the time, and let not oil be lacking on your head. (Eccl. 9:7-8 NASB)
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (I Cor. 10:31 ESV)
For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving… (I Tim 4:4 NIV 2010).
Another topic that takes more mulling than might be first assumed: The “permission” – even the command – to enjoy the world God has given us.
I recognize that some college ministries out there don’t need to encourage their students to “enjoy life” as a general rule; in fact, they need to rein in or redirect their enjoyment! But plenty of college ministries do have students – like I was – who need to hear that glorifying God can happen while eating and drinking, that God even commands us to wear party clothes and cologne in our approach to life (the gist of Eccl. 9:8, above).
But as I think about it, I think both groups – the unwise partiers and the unwisely-solemn – will both be helped by a healthy, biblical Theology of Enjoyment. Or even a Theology of Fun.
Have they heard one? I can’t imagine a more collegiate topic.