Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Virginia Does Have Fun!

Is Christ having fun?
Is that actually a smile on His face?
Two real men, from two different centuries, who lived two different lifestyles, which wrote about their views regarding fun...

Quotes by Saint John Bosco:
  • "Have fun, but do not neglect study and prayer."
  • "I want no long-faced saints."
  • "Enjoy yourselves as much as you like, if only you keep away from sin."
Quotes by Billy Joel:
  • "I'd rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints; the sinners are much more fun."
  • "I wasn't raised Catholic, but I used to go to Mass with my friends... There's a guy hanging upon the wall in the church... and everybody's blaming themselves for that man's torment."
  • "When I wrote 'Only the Good Die Young', the point of the song wasn't so much anti-Catholic as pro-lust."
Billy Joel has some great talent, doesn't he? He's one of my favorite musicians. I like so many of his songs and videos, but he is admittedly atheistic or apathetic in his outlook on life and that does pierce through his lyrics occasionally. Honestly, I have no intention of knocking down Mr. New York State of Mind for his state of mind. I like him as a musician -- often playing his songs on the piano and studying his musical style -- but his perspective, which is assuredly shared by others, is good fodder for contemplation. I just wonder...

Why do some people (yes, including some Christians) think being a "good Christian" is about casting away fun and living miserably? D'OH! It's ridiculous. Read, in the words of St. Paul, what the Holy Spirit builds within a reborn soul: "Brethren, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control" (Gal 5:22-23). I assert that having fun is the want for joy, and since "God is love" (1 John 4:8) and joy is the feeling of love, God and good fun can't be at odds.