A text by Richard Wurmbrand
Written in the “Food Sacrificed to Idols” series

The people of the large nations of Western civilization seek after excitement and thrills. The lust for greater and greater thrills has led the moving picture directors to produce films about violence, gruesome death, monsters of the spirit world, and other forms of shock and horror. Each film strives to stimulate more shock and horror than the previous.

Often we hear believers refer to a church service or program as being “exciting.” People want their church activities to be exciting. Young people seek thrills of one sort or another. After our basic needs of food and shelter have been provided we look for something to relieve the boredom.

Oswald Chambers in one of his books mentions that boredom is a major foe of the Christian believer. This is the truth. Christian character is formed in the patient, plodding, day-to-day obedience to the words of the Apostles. We must always live as though God is using us in a tremendous manner even when decades pass without our being called on (as far as we know) to do anything of significance.

We must always keep praying, keep looking to the Lord, always ready to obey His slightest summons. It is easy to serve the Lord when we are marching in the grand parade of revival. The true Christian saint is at his best during the long periods of time when it seems nothing is happening.

The adamic nature insists on excitement and thrills. The new nature being created in us finds contentment in the little blessings given each day. The faithful servant puts one foot in front of the other until the Lord calls him home. If he is used in some obvious, spectacular manner he holds steady before the Lord. During the seasons when nothing eventful takes place he holds steady before the Lord. He is consistent, dependable, and possesses integrity of character. He stands as a rock in his place round about the camp.

There are many pastors who “keep the people coming” by always having some exciting new program. The faithful pastor is more concerned for the spiritual growth of his flock than he is with keeping them coming to church. He makes certain in prayer that each event he brings to the assembly results in the building up of Christ in the believers.

To lust for excitement and thrills is to eat food offered to demons.

Richard Wurmbrand