BILLY GRA­HAM

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Life - This col­umn is based on the words and writ­ings of the late Rev. Billy Gra­ham.

Q: Q:My col­lege bud­dies and I pull pranks on oth­ers for fun. We en­joy movies about evil un­til oth­ers ac­tu­ally carry out the en­ter­tain­ment for real. Is God op­posed to us hav­ing fun in life, and are we re­spon­si­ble if some­one car­ries out an act that was just meant for fun? – F.D.

A: A:The word “fun” is de­fined as an ac­tiv­ity that is amus­ing or light­hearted. The word “fun” to­day of­ten de­scribes forms of en­ter­tain­ment as in play­ing sports, watch­ing a drama, en­joy­ing a cook­out. But many forms of en­ter­tain­ment, when it glo­ri­fies evil, fill hearts with trep­i­da­tion. A form of comic en­ter­tain­ment for chil­dren does not hold adults in­ter­ested, so adults of­ten find amuse­ment in recre­ational evil. The Bible calls evil ac­tiv­ity “fool­ish.”

“For my in­iq­ui­ties have gone over my head … they are too heavy for me … be­cause of my fool­ish­ness” (Psalm 38:4-5). That doesn't sound so funny, does it? Sin is a se­ri­ous mat­ter! Sin means do­ing any­thing that is against the holy char­ac­ter of God. What we may call fun, may be an abom­i­na­tion in God's eyes.

When we speak of do­ing some­thing ac­ci­den­tally when we've in­tended all along to do it, it is a lie. When we speak of an act as a blun­der, God boldly de­clares it to be blind­ness. Too of­ten we ex­cuse our­selves in our sins, but God con­victs us and wants to save us from it. Sin is not a toy with which to play but a ter­ror to be shunned.

The Bible tells us that what­ever we do, it should be to the glory of God (1 Corinthi­ans 10:31). If peo­ple are hon­est with them­selves, deep down they know the an­swer. This is a won­der­ful lit­mus test in try­ing to de­ter­mine if some­thing is right or wrong.

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