Words used by pastors or authors for the purpose of shocking us often just come off as trivial and amount to bloviating (oops, I think I just did it right there). John Piper’s use of “Christian Hedonism” in his monumental book “Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist” hits the mark for shocking, but causes the reader to peer into the glory of God from an entirely new perspective. God’s primary purpose is to bask in His own glory and our purpose is to glorify Him BY enjoying Him forever. Piper wants us to see and feel that it is good and right for us to find great joy in God.
While in the middle of preaching verse by verse through the book of Philippians, appropriately tagged as “the Epistle of Joy”, I recommend with great delight Piper’s best book (my opinion) as a supplement to Paul’s letter of joy. Don’t get hung up on the “Hedonist” title without chewing on his explanation for choosing this word. In fact, read first his chapter “Why I Have Written this Book”, which is the epilogue.
One of my all time favorite quotes comes from this book: “God is most glorified in me when I am most satisfied in Him.” Read and enjoy.