Y’all know I love Francis Chan’s book, Crazy Love. It really did a number on me. Well, there is one part in his book where he quotes John Piper from God Is the Gospel. It went something like this. Actually it went exactly like this:
The critical question for our generation—and for every generation—is this: If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you ever tasted, and no human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with heaven, if Christ was not there?
I asked around….Okay, so I asked two people this very question. Here were my answers:
Kris Takle (Husband, Father, Pilot Extraordinaire): “Yes!” (He’s so dang cute, he could say anything.)
Buren Goss (Pastor, Husband, Dad, Ga-Ga, Best Fish Fryer in the Southeast): “It’s not a fair question.”
I agree that it is an unfair question. Bottom line is that we all know none of the above could exist without Christ. Scripture also tells us that He will be our ultimate enjoyment and contentment. I think these questions are good in causing us to self-evaluate – to check our hearts to see that we desire Christ above all else. But, I still find the question’s intent a bit unfair. And, I mean no disrespect to one awesome John Piper.
Makes ya reflect, though.
What do you think?
4 responses to “What do you think?”
My humble opinion is that you would soon start searching for MORE…something to fill that certain empty part of your heart you can’t explain…it would be a nice place though….I am all for that atmosphere…NOW…WHOOOOOOOOO is the best fish fryer in the Southeast…AND WHO TAUGHT YOUR DAD ALL HE KNOWS ABOUT FRYING FISH….ask GaGa that question!!!!! O I just love KT’s answer…he makes me laughhhhhhhh
Judy, I’m gonna go out on a limb here and guess that you or D taught him all the fish frying secrets? And, that KT makes me laugh DAILY.
How ironic that is the very pasasge in the book that twisted me for a few days. I blogged about it in November. Tough question. I was caught off guard by the answer I may have given if I had to actually say it out loud…it was a good book.
By the way, I kind of wish I knew both of your dudes polled. 🙂
Missed you at group today.
as for the mate question. i think if the person you are seeking out has a quality that you lack, such as my wife, super practical, me, off the cuff and spontaneous. i think those work together and help balance out each other. it may be unhealthy for both to be the same. and yes agreed with dusty. gotta be a believer of Christ.