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Today, the pursuit of entertainment– “fun”– is a multi-billion dollar industry.

But many people seem to confuse fun and entertainment with happiness. Here are some important distinctions:

Fun is sensual– happiness is spiritual

You can’t have fun if you’re tired, sick, hungry, or poor because fun can’t rise above such things as fatigue, illness, and poverty.

But you can be happy despite unpleasant circumstances because happiness is based, not on the circumstances of one’s existence, but on its meaning.

Jesus’ disciples rejoiced because they suffered for His name.

Another word for happiness is “blessedness.” The Sermon on the Mount is designed to shape a particular understanding of happiness in the midst of physical and emotional discomfort.

Some people like to jog. “Fun run” they call it. No sale.

They do it despite the pain because they’ve placed a positive meaning on their discomfort. They may call is a “fun run;” but more correctly, it’s a “happy run,” for they consider themselves as being blessed by the discomfort.

Fun is not concerned with right or wrong– but happiness requires a sense of morality.

Doing evil is frequently more fun than doing good.

The appetite for fun is insatiable– always requiring more– always needed in higher doses.

Ironically, much of frantic pace of modern life is to pay for fun.

Early Christians were fed to the lions so the mobs might be entertained– the Romans resorted to murder for fun.

If the appetite for fun isn’t restrained by something, it will eventually resort to evil.

Entertainment is the easiest way to teach evil. The secular world imparts its perverse value system most effectively via entertainment.

The biggest promoter of homosexuality is the entertainment industry.

The entertainment industry has been a major player in the values revolution.

“Media murders” is a phrase used to denote crimes inspired by the media.

Much of the crime, violence, selfishness, and rudeness of life is traceable to the stories the secular world tells through entertainment.

The image of “father as fool,” for example, is a product of television.

The church and the secular world have different stories to tell about life, love, family, friends . . ., but most Christians spend more time listening to the secular world than the church.

Happiness depends upon being right and good rather than being wrong.

Fun is an activity and invention– happiness is a state or condition

The need for unending entertainment just might indicate a moral problem. When there is so much good to do– happiness to be had– does it really make sense to waste time on meaningless diversions?

The difference between good art and bad art is whether the audience or viewer comes away a better person. The same rule applies to entertainment. Most of today’s entertainment does not produce better people– just entertained people.

Happiness requires something to do, love, and hope for– fun requires only something to do.

Fun is temporary– happiness is enduring

The end of fun is sadness and boredom. When it’s over, it’s really over.

Happiness is the indirect consequence of seeking higher goods. The permanence of those higher goods gives happiness an enduring quality than surpasses simply having fun.

Fun is sought directly– happiness is a consequence of seeking something else

Fun can be an end in itself– fun is for fun’s sake.

Happiness requires the pursuit of something higher than itself.


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