My church and our small group are very intentional in making time for play and feasts and festivals. Escape rooms, bowling, or concerts in the park form tight bonds. Dietrich Bonhoeffer taught his Christian community that it's important to pray for and play with one another. It's difficult to hate a man that you pray for and play with. Here's a wonderful article on A Serious Theology of Play by David Naugle. It's only about a 10 minute read and it's very interesting.
Whataya think?Naugle wrote:Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once observed that Christians “have no joy.” He also said, should he ever come to believe in God, he would only believe in a “God who danced” (40). Sadly, he was never able to locate such a God. . .
Play, defined quite broadly as any legitimate and moral activity engaged in for enjoyment or recreation (including sports), is an essential part of our divinely created humanity as the image of God and is therefore an intrinsic good. . .
The[se] unenthusiastic references to play . . . represent what is undoubtedly a considerable portion of the story about play that has been told to countless numbers of Christian believers throughout the ages. It often seems like Christianity has no place for play or for the joyous celebration of life. It’s no wonder, then, that play seems out of bounds for many believers.
The universal and transcultural fact is that children are natural born players. This well-attested observation is sufficient in and of itself to establish the idea that play is an indelible characteristic of human . . .
The riotous and uproarious play of animals also teaches us something about the authenticity of play as a vital part of natural life . . . Surely the animals tell us something about the playfulness of the God who made them . . . and about ourselves as made in His image.