They Put Away Serious Reflection as the Very Bane of Pleasure

In my reading, I stumbled upon this great quote from an older work by Archibald Alexander on Thoughts on Religious Experiences (1841).  In his book he has a great description of the lost and of man's natural state apart from the grace of Christ.  All though this was written many years ago, it still bears a vivid picture of humanity today.  Because technology and progress come, but sinners like myself never change.  Thanks be to Jesus for redeeming us through His blood!

There is, moreover, another class, who seems never to feel the force of religious truth.  They are such as spend their whole waking hours in the giddy whirl of amusement or company.   Full of health and spirits, and sanguine in their hopes of enjoyment from the world, they put away serious reflection as the very bane of pleasure.  The very name of religion is hateful to them: and all they ask of religious people is to let them alone, and seize the pleasures of life while within their reach.  If we may judge from appearances, this class is very large.  We find them the majority in many places of fashionable resort.  The theatre, ball-room, and the very streets are full of such.  They flutter gaily along, and keep each other in countenance; while they are strangers to all grave reflection, even in regard to the sober concerns of this life.  If a pious friend ever gets the opportunity of addressing a word of serious advice to them, their politeness may prevent them from behaving rudely, but no sooner is his back turned, than they laugh him to scorn, and hate and despise him for his pains.  They habituate themselves to think that religion is an awkward unseemly thing, and wonder how any person of sense can bear to attend to it.