Monday, October 10, 2005

Does God have a sense of humor?

Alright, so here's the deal. Me and a couple of friends (English majors, deal with it) were sitting around quoting movies, as we often do, when I commented, "Wow, wouldn't it be nice if we could memorize scripture as well as we memorize these dumb movies (dumb is in no way a bad thing- some of my favorite movies are extremely dumb)? That caused a brief moment of thought, a couple more seconds of conviction, and then we basically ended with Johnny Depp's rendition of Willie Wonka (putting our upper lip against our gums, of course) and said, "He-he, you're weird."
Since that time I've been been trying to think of ways to make the Bible more a part of our daily conversations, and perhaps even in an enjoyable, fun way. I guess it's the old school teacher in me. In any case, I think one of the major obstacles is that the Bible is not exactly stuffed with light-hearted moments or to a far lesser degree, humor. I mean, wouldn't it be nice if somewhere between Proverbs and Song of Solomon there was a Book of Jokes? Obviously there isn't. Instead there's Ecclesiastes, which does make life "under the sun" seem a little laughable-but it's still a bit broken and ultimately sobering. Actually, verse 4 of chapter 3 says that there is a time for everything, "a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance." If this is so, how come nothing funny ever happens in the bible? Does God value a sense of humor? If so, how come we see so little of it. If we take the major characters, Abraham, Moses, Joshua, David, Solomon, and even Jesus Himself. How come there are no accounts of the times that Jesus and his disciples sat around laughing? Are they there? I know that in our church and especially among my closer friends, we spend the majority of our time laughing and trying to make each other laugh. I have no doubt that that's good. However, the question remains, does God have a sense of humor? We're made in His image, are we not? Someone please prove it to me. I really am desiring to discover more fully the character of our Father in heaven, and also what he would have me to do with my time, both alone and in fellowship.

5 Comments:

At 12:00 PM, Blogger Erin said...

good stuff...hmmm...

i think God delights in the details of his children - including our humor, our laughter, our sillyness (Job 8:21). and he expresses his delight in us (Zephaniah 3:17) - he loves us so completely...unfathomable, really.

I think definitely there were many times of joy and laughter among Jesus and his closest followers. Similarly, I've often wondered why there are not more accounts of how Jesus was as a child - like what his personality was like. Did he ever do typical kid-like things like play with friends in the street? But, there are specific things mentioned about him as a child - how strikingly mature he was, how wise he was (luke 2:47). I think these things are mentioned moreso than the others because they are supreme and what really matters - his holiness, how unique he was compared to the world in which he was born. He represented a completely different world, thus those characteristics were described in more detail than others. That's just a thought, though.

i agree with the thought about scripture memory compared to movie quote memory. totally...

 
At 5:21 PM, Blogger Joshua said...

I like the reference to Job 8:21. In the context, laughter is seen as a blessing God will give those who are blameless.
Your comments about how mature Jesus was as a child makes me think about how immature much of our humor is. Could a truly sinless person tell half the jokes we tell? If they aren't making fun of someone or alluding to something crude, what's left? I'm going to do some "observing" to see what the themes of most humor really is. Thanks for your input, Erin.

 
At 11:32 AM, Blogger Erin said...

interestingly enough i saw on good morning america this morning that a christian producing company, "cornerstone" i think, is going to be launching a christian sit-com either at the end of this year or at the beginning of next. it will air on christian and some secular stations. just thought that was interesting given your thoughts about humor and christianity.

 
At 12:08 PM, Anonymous RWT said...

A little corny bible humor:
Joshua drove a Triumph sports car with a hole in its muffler: "Joshua's Triumph was heard throughout the land". And, following Jesus' lead, the Apostles car pooled in a Honda... "The Apostles were in one Accord".

What about the talking donkey? The bible can be a source of humor. Don't believe me: check out these knee slappers!

http://www.anunseenworld.com/biblehumor.html

 
At 5:28 PM, Blogger Joshua said...

Oh, you're killing me! That stuff's good! I've always been a sucker for the over the top corny joke; I'm definitely my Dad's son. Thanks RWT! Humor like that rings true with a spirit of Joy.

 

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