Doesn't becoming a Christian mean becoming boring?
I'm not surprised that people think you become boring when you become a Christian. Most Christians on telly are prim and proper, namby-pamby party poopers who are badly dressed with no sense of humour.
Now presumably, if you were boring before you became a Christian, chances are you'll be boring once you are a Christian. But it's not compulsory.
Let's think about three things. Firstly, let's think about God. You've only got to look around creation and see the beauty, the variety, the colour—think about Niagara Falls… the human eye… duck-billed platypuses… bottoms! Now the God who created those things quite frankly cannot be boring! In the Bible it says that God richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment: so life with God, the God who loves enjoyment, isn't going to be more boring than life without him.
And then there's a second thing. You might say: “OK—if this God loves enjoyment, why so many rules?” I mean, rules are boring.
But are they?
Just think of your DVD player. It comes with the maker's instructions. They're there for your good, so you can get the most out of your machine. And it's the same with God's rules—he doesn't make rules to crush us, to hold us in.
He makes rules so that we can live in his world his way and enjoy the things that he's made—so that we can enjoy our relationships, so that things don't get ruined, so that his world doesn't get ruined. Really, God's rules are there to help us enjoy life, not to make it boring.
Third thing to think about—what was Jesus like? This was God's Son, living in God's world, God's way. If with life with God in it is boring, he's going to be really really boring. But was he?
Well, no! In fact, the complete opposite is true—people couldn't get enough of him.
He got invited to parties with some really dodgy characters—prostitutes, drunkards, tax collectors (think big bonus bankers)—they loved being around him. And it wasn't because he behaved like them—no, he always lived by the Maker's instructions—it was because he loved them, he listened to them, and he wanted them to know what life with God as their heavenly Father was like, and how life could be enjoyed to the full rather than their sordid, spoiled version of it.
Jesus put it this way: “I’ve come to give them life, and life to the full.” Now he doesn't mean that he's going to give us an easy life, but he does promise his followers a satisfying life.
And there's more. He also promises that people who follow him in this life, once they die, are going to be with him in his perfect kingdom forever. You can't beat that—and he describes it like a party—like the very best party ever, that goes on forever.
And I don't know about you, but I love a good party.