Amusement! What an interesting word. It has in it the idea of thinking, considering. But then, to that idea, the Greek alpha privative is added, negating the word itself. Thus the word comes to mean to do, enjoy, something without much thought about it. An amusement park is a place where you park your mind at the gate!
Our culture is an amusement and entertainment culture. It wants to be tickled physically or otherwise. It is concerned with laughs, lounging and lethargy. And, the results are beginning to be felt. For too long, we thought we could get away with it. Now, in the current economic conditions, among other things, surely God is providentially telling us that we can’t.
Will we wake up? When a Christian regularly spends more time and money on amusements than he gives to God and His church, something is very wrong. He is out of touch.
“Out of touch? I thought to be a part of this amusement culture was to be in touch.”
To think so is to really be out of touch.
“Can’t see it—please explain.”
Gladly. For a true Christian the words “out of touch” should first and foremost mean out of touch with God! That they don’t, is evidence of the fact that he is.
It might be worthwhile considering (if we can remove the alpha privative for a moment) what it means to be out of touch with God. Above all, it means that we are not listening to Him, and not communicating with Him regularly. There is but one way to listen to God—read His Word and you will hear what He has to say. Pray and He will hear what you have to say. When these two factors are in play in the Christian’s life, he is in touch with God.
The alpha privative is a negating element—the Christian who puts his mind, his beliefs, his values on hold, negates his profession of faith. There is no excuse for believers to so anesthetize their brains! But amusements are designed to assist him in doing just that.
“Aren’t you ‘negating’ fun?”
Not at all. Good fun is thoughtful fun—not thoughtless, aimless activity. It edifies rather than tears down one’s value system.
Give it some thought, friend—i.e.. if you can stop long enough to remove the negating prefix.