The backstory to this week’s column. . . .
Well, every time I hear my evangelical friends talk about how Christianity makes you happier, I just cringe. I know there is data to support that, and that’s great. But there are lots of really lovely Christian people who are probably not terribly happy because they are really sufferring in some way. I’ve been there! I think we all have. Hopefully we are more “joyful” in those circumstances – that is very much the testimony of Scripture of what we Christians are called to be. But “happy” is something different. And as an evangelical Christian, when I hear conservatives go on and on about those “happy Christian” figures, I get a little nervous. When I saw the Arthur Brooks column in this week’s Wall Street Journal doing just that – I had to jump into the conversation.
Here’s the column. . .