Should you be? The short answer, according to John Piper, is yes. In Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist, Piper makes his case for why he believes the Bible teaches that we should all be Christian hedonists. This is a book that I can highly recommend. It was originally written about 25 years ago (1986) and a revised edition has been released this year. The book will be helpful for Christians of any maturity level but I think it will be most helpful for younger or newer believers. It will drive them to Scriptures to see whether Piper’s claims and explanations are true. It will also serve to get rid of some of the stereotypes placed on Christians.
Piper lives by the motto “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him”. Starting with this he lays out the biblical case that all Christians should be Christian hedonists. Christian hedonism is defined as a philosophy of life in which Christians seek to maximize their joy with the understanding that the only true way to accomplish this is to seek it in Christ. As our joy in Christ grows He receives more glory.
This book is saturated with Scripture. Piper backs up everything he says by proving it from the word of God. He also quotes other sources extensively such as Jonathan Edwards, C.S. Lewis, an many, many more. He deals with many areas Christians can exercise their Christian hedonism such as worship, love, Scripture, prayer, money, marriage, missions, and sufferings. Christian hedonism should touch every aspect of the believers life and draw him/her closer to God.
Do yourself a favor and read this book……
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