(The day before yesterday I made cherry cheesecake and yesterday I made chocolate brownies. As it stands we have the ingredients for both peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies. Even if life isn’t always sweet, the desserts are.)
At some point, Christianity became ‘the answer to what ails you.’ It supposed to change your life, fix your finances, provide a really nice car, a big home, keep you healthy, and keep your and your family happy. Christianity does make big changes, but not in the way you’d think. It puts our destiny in God’s hand. Which of the supposed changes did Paul and the Apostles recieve? Yes, their lives were changed, but they didn’t become rich, obtain vehicles or homes, they weren’t always healthy or neccessarily happy. Paul wrote that he had learned that the secret was to be content with what he had, whether it be much or little. That’s the one lesson America has yet to learn.
In some ways Christians are slightly more miserable than you’d expect. When you’re living it up, they’re trying to follow Jesus’ footsteps. (Which, by the way, included some partying, but nobody ever teaches Christians to party like Jesus did.) Sometimes we’re so miserable we seem like we’re out to ruin your fun. I’m sorry about that. We’re not supposed to be like Pharisees, but an argument could be made that we’re their modern-day counterparts. At the end of the day, there is one essential problem. When you die it’s heaven or hell, and if you think you’re ‘good enough’ or are ‘a good person’, if you don’t have Christ you aren’t going to heaven. You can’t climb the ladder without stepping foot on the first rung.