If you don’t listen regularly to the Ask Pastor John podcast, you don’t know what you’re missing. On Friday, April 28, he addressed a fascinating question that came to him from a listener in the U.K. Continue reading . . .
If you don’t listen regularly to the Ask Pastor John podcast, you don’t know what you’re missing. On Friday, April 28, he addressed a fascinating question that came to him from a listener in the U.K. Here is the question:
“Pastor John, my question is simply this: Is John Piper happy? You are clearly convinced biblically by Christian Hedonism and have shown so helpfully over many years how pursuing enjoyment in God brings him great glory, but how has this worked out in your life experience? How much of your Christian Hedonism rests on the hope of the future and being glorified with Christ? Bottom line: Are you happy right now?”
Here is John’s answer.
I have asked this question to myself many, many times, not only because I have written so much about the importance, indeed, indispensability of being happy in God, but also because the Bible simply says to John Piper, “Rejoice in the Lord” — John Piper — “again I will say, rejoice” (Philippians 4:4). It’s not a matter of mere personality, as Tim points out. It is a command of Scripture. So, I take up the question not because I feel any external constraint coming from one of our listeners, but because I live with the question all the time — because I live with the Bible all the time.
Before I answer it — I will give a straight-out answer to the question, “Is John Piper happy now — ever?” — but before I answer the question specifically, let me mention the biblical factors that make the question more complex than a simple ye