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?