Christian Living

“Bored Christian” Should Be An Oxymoron

Oxymoron is a figure of speech by which contradictory terms are joined together to form an expression. Examples include “the same difference”, “act naturally”, and “pretty ugly.” Another example should be a “bored Christian.” I’m not saying that there are not a lot of bored Christians (there are). I’m saying the two terms are contradictory, they just don’t go together.

Jesus’ constant invitation was to “follow me.” In Matthew 10:38, He said “whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.” The simplest understanding of following Jesus is to go where Jesus went, act like Jesus would act, and say what Jesus would say. If we do that, or even aim for that – life will be many things (exciting, intense, joyful, painful, etc…), but it won’t be boring.

Soren Kierkegaard, the Danish philosopher and theologian put it well when he said “boredom is the root of all evil.” In other words, boredom isn’t just boredom – it’s wrong. There is no way to be in the will of God and be bored.

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