Trivial Pursuits

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Trivial Pursuits

December 28, 2005

So, what did you get for Christmas? An electronic gadget? New clothes? Possibly a new car? Salvation? Oh, sorry, salvation wasn’t among the advertised and returnable items.

I asked a friend of mine if he got what he wanted for Christmas and he told me he received what he wanted and needed at age 14 when he was saved.

It’s peculiar how so many of us play trivial pursuits – not the game, but for real. Those of us who are believers in and followers of Jesus Christ say we believe what he told us, but often act as if we don’t. We sometimes crowd him out with the world’s concerns, which can be political, monetary, something related to our job, or sports?

In “The Screwtape Letters,” C.S. Lewis puts these words in the mouth of our adversary: “the enemy (that’s God to him) has given these mortals a mere three score and ten years. That’s barely enough time for us to work out what he has worked in.

So what do you think about your trivial pursuits now? Are they helping our adversary work out what God has worked in? Perhaps we have a new years resolution here, do we?

Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.


Trivial Pursuits