Glimlag – Dis Die Christen Ding Om Te Doen

Soms lyk dit asof die Christen leefstyl een is van swaar, mismoedige en donker tye. So hoe sien paar van die ysters in kerkgeskiedenis hierdie “geluk” storie?

“Rev. Theodore L. Cuyler, the celebrated Brooklyn divine, was visiting the famous London preacher, Rev. Charles H. Spurgeon.  After a hard day of work and serious discussion, these two mighty men of God went out into the country together for a holiday.  They roamed the fields in high spirits like boys let loose from school, chatting and laughing and free from care.  Dr. Cuyler had just told a story at which Mr. Spurgeon laughed uproariously.  Then suddenly he turned to Dr. Cuyler and exclaimed, ‘Theodore, let’s kneel down and thank God for laughter!’  And there, on the green carpet of grass, under the trees, two of the world’s greatest men knelt and thanked the dear Lord for the bright and joyous gift of laughter.” – The Sabbath Recorder, 4 January 1915, page 157. (vanaf Ray Ortlund se blog)

“Should we not see that lines of laughter about the eyes are just as much marks of faith as are the lines of care and seriousness? Is it only earnestness that is baptized? Is laughter pagan?… A church is in a bad way when it banishes laughter from the sanctuary and leaves it to the cabaret, the nightclub and the toastmasters.” – From Encounter with Spurgeon by Helmut Thielecke copyright © 1963 Augsburg Publishing House, p. 26.

“Our sense of humor is a gift from God which should be controlled as well as cultivated.” – Oswald Sanders from Spiritual Leadership, Moody Publishers, 1967, p. 67.

John Calvin, Luther’s friend and fellow Reformer in Geneva also shared Luther’s views on beer.  In his Institutes of Christan Religion he writes, “We are nowhere forbidden to laugh or to be satisfied with food… or to be delighted with music, or to drink wine.” – From Reformation Brewery, The Condensed History of Beer: Part 3

Dink bietjie daaraan, God gee vir ons alles wat goed is –  dit sluit in lag en vriendskap en bier.  Gebruik en geniet goeie dinge, op goeie maniere, tot die glorie van God.

“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” – 1 Tim 6:17


2 Responses to Glimlag – Dis Die Christen Ding Om Te Doen

  1. Johan Verster says:

    Cobus, my vraag aan jou is eenvoudig…maar lewensbelangrik: Sluit die “goeie dinge” wat ons mag geniet KFC in? Sê asb tog “ja”!!

    • Cobus van Rooy says:

      Ja, maar tog wil ek byvoeg: ek dink tog Pizza Perfect is moontlik hoër op die lys as die Kernel se beste.

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