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Dear Editor,

This is a popular subject today in many of our Reformed publications. Are we as Protestant Reformed youth entitled to amusements? It has been the stand of some that we should be denied all the joys of life. I do not agree. This was characteristic of the Puritans who went so far as to fear a characteristic dress and were not supposed to laugh.

We are entitled to amusements. The word of God does not condemn but rather presupposes the enjoyments of life. In Zachariah 8:5 we read, “And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof.” And in Ecclesiastes 11:9 we read, “Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes; but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.” We as young people need relaxation, for a bow long bent at last waxeth weak. It is my opinion that the refusal of all the joys of life would result in some turning their backs on Christianity.

I think the main question should be the choice of our amusements. In the first place we should choose amusements that relax the body and mind. This may­be in playing ball, horseback riding, ice-skating, swimming, reading, or by play­ing games such as checkers and chess. We must understand we should never take part in degrading pleasures such as the movie, the dance, or by drinking and all other forms of immorality.

Our lives should never be dominated by the amusements we take part in either. There is a danger of this in even the simplest of games.

Finally, we must realize that the pur­pose of our life is not to be amused, but to glorify God. In some ways our amuse­ments can lead to this end. By acting according to the principles of the church we can be an example to others. Our amusements should give us the neces­sary relaxation, fit us better for life’s work, and heighten the enjoyment of life. We, can well apply the words that were on the bulletin a few Sundays ago,

What is right may I pursue,

What is wrong, refuse to do,

What is evil seek to shun,

This I ask through Christ Thy Son.

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