|Strategy :||Indulge myself|
|Goal :||Satisfy my passions|
|Personality :||Laid back|
|Self-analysis :||I may be bad, but so what?|
|Theology :||Disregard God|
|Bumper Sticker :||“Life is short. Play hard”|
|Complaint :||I can’t play enough|
|Favourite Animal :||Tomcat|
|Spends Time Looking :||Over the menu at the options|
|View of Grace :||Who, me?|
|View of Sin :||No one is guilty|
|Work Ethic :||What I do is my business|
|Favourite Phrase :||Live it up!|
|Boundaries :||If it feels good, do it.|
|Paul's Pronouncement :||You have no excuse for the things you do.|
|Key Verse:||“God left them and let them go their sinful way” (1:24)|
Can you relate to the hut-builder?
He traded his passion for the castle for a love of the lowland. Rather than long for home, he settled for a hut. The aim of his life is pleasure. Such is the definition of hedonism, and such is the practice of this son.
The hedonist navigates his life as if there is no father in his past, present or future. There may have been, somewhere in the somewhat distant past, a once-upon-time father, but as far as the here and now? The son will live without him. There may be, in the faraway future, a father who comes and claims him, but as for today? The son will forge out his life on his own. Rather than seize the future he’s content to seize the day.
Paul had such a person in mind when he said, “ They traded the glory of God who lives forever for the worship of idols made to look like earthly people, birds, animals, and snakes ….They worshipped and served what had been created instead of the God who created these things” (Rom 1:23, 25)
Hedonists make poor swaps; they trade mansions for huts
and their brother for a stranger. They exchange their father’s house for
a hillside ghetto and send his son away.