CHRISTIAN COMEDY: Does Jesus or God have/love a sense of Humor & Laugh like we do?

Posted by Gabriel (G²) on June 23, 2008

CHRISTIAN COMEDY: Does Jesus or God have/love a sense of Humor & Laugh like we do?

The post should be pretty self-explanatory, but I’D BE very interested in people’s thoughts on the issue.

In reading the Word, the only references I see to God laughing is when it comes to His enemies—but apart from that, one has to wonder whether or not there are times when the Lord simply cracked a joke or thought to Himself “That was hilarious”…..and seeing how around the World we love humor, I can’t help but wonder “Surely, humor wasn’t an after-effect of the FALL of MAN—-where did this come from?

 And if From God, why is there not numerous reference to it as it is with the other personality qualites that are listed in Scripture?”
       As one of my friends said on the issue:
I have learned that Jesus has the most WONDERFUL sense of humour, sometimes dry and sometimes completely silly! I love Him for it. And His smile is like the sun lit up…

The Bible tells us that ‘He was anointed with the oil of joy MORE than any other’. So although, for a time, He was truly a Man of sorrows, He is at heart the most joyful of all men.

The first big joke I ever watched Him play was on my friend Steph. Those who have read this before please ignore the following.

Steph prizes a sense of humour very highly and when she first committed her life to Christ she loved Him as her Saviour, but she had not yet made a deep emotional connection with Him. She said to Jesus that she would love a discipler who lived near her [she lives on the other side of the county to me] but, very foolishly, she stipulated that said discipler should be anyone other than a large, brightly dressed American lady evangelist that went around yelling ‘Praise the Lord!’ [Please forgive her prejudice, she has since learned the error of her ways]

A week after she spoke to Christ about this, she was travelling home on the train. She could hear, before she could see, the approach of an American lady down the corrider of the train calling out to her friend in a very loud voice that she couldn’t find any seats……until that is she found an empty one right in front of Steph. This friendly, warm, rather large lady sat down with relief and beamed at Steph. She then roared happily at her friend behind her…’Praise the Lord!’.

She and Steph began chatting and I’m sure you can imagine the rest. This wonderful lady turned out to be the wife of the pastor of the local Baptist home church. She became Steph’s discipler. And far more than that, she became like a second Mum to Steph, who had no Mum or Dad.

Steph knew that Lou was Jesus’ sweet joke played on her. And from that time on she really emotionally connected with Jesus and fell in love with His heart. She still loves His humour.

‘You know you’ve made God in your own image when He hates the same people you do’
For that matter, seeing the MYRAID of FOULNESS IN COMEDIC MEDIA we see in our world nowadays, the Bible adresses the issue of FOUL humor/language—

Ephesians 5:4
Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
Ephesians 5:3-5 (in Context) Ephesians 5

Colossians 3:8
But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
Colossians 3:7-9 (in Context) Colossians 3

so one would logically think that there must be a case that GOOD humor existed even among earlier believers at some point:

As said to another brother, there are times when I wonder if folks believe that Jesus even LAUGHED (and being one for kids as he was and how harsh He was with others on the issue when they tried to keep them from him, I’ve always questioned why it seems to be in reverse nowadays when folks think things such as clowns/children’s ministry utilizing them is blasphemous when it helps to connect the children to Biblical truths).

…..it’s had me thinking a lot too…….

Proverbs 15:13
A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.

Proverbs 15:30
A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.

Just like with saliva needed to break/digest food down, how important is the role/importance of enthusiasm is in church……So often, people will expound on a sermon and simply expect their audience to receive it and fail to realize the difficulty of doing so when their spirits may be too crushed with things/pressures to bear any thing else…….

They fail to see how enthusiasm can help prepare the way…….How like pain-medicine, enthusiasm (i.e. greeting with welcome, or giving a word of encouragement, or maintaining a positive outlook on life, getting excited, etc) is needed to help heal/medicate (Proverbs 16:24, Proverbs 17:30), making people ready to receive the Truth………

But sadly, there’s been so much damage because it’s been taken so far out of context that when people hear the word “Enthusiasm”, they have a bad taste in their mouths (as it was in the video clip) and never realize how biblical the concept really is.
But that’s just me

Romans 12/ Romans 12
4Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his[b]faith. 7If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
Regarding the thing with issues like CHRISTIAN COMEDY (http://www.christiancomedytv.com/index.php, http://www.christiancomedyindex.com/cciList/default.asp, & http://www.christiancomedy.net/links.htm such as “Thou Shalt Laugh” and various other comedians in line with it—
though others think it’s nothing more than folks operating in the gift of encouragement/cheerfulness, which is A BIBLICAL GIFT/SOMETHING GOD PRAISES, and others even taking it to the level of them being like PROPHETS since they’re able to examine the issues of life everyone’s either dealing with or thinking of but are too afraid to say anything)

As one of the guys said in support of Christian Comedy, “People would ask me what is Christian Comedy?” says IAF founder Dan Rupple, “Is it making jokes about God? I’d reply that we’re not laughing at God, but rather at the absurdity of mankind attempting to live a purposeful, meaningful life without a relationship with their Creator.”

This, IMHO, I find to be quite true (and I’m sorry….but folks like John Gray, Small Fire, Michael Junior, Bone, Thor, and numerous others truly do keep it real—many times seeming to possess a wisdom equivalent to what would be seen in many of the witty/sharp but insightful statements in PROVERBS)…..



One Response to “CHRISTIAN COMEDY: Does Jesus or God have/love a sense of Humor & Laugh like we do?”

  1. lisacolondelay said

    Jesus laughed his donkey’s colt off! Much off the ironical humor, double meanings (satire), hyperbole, and good fun doesn’t make it through translation.

    We can’t lose our sense of humor, or we lose our senses!

    Hope to see you at my blog, with you good humor, and contributions!

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