We hear so much in many circles today about the “humor” and “funny” things in the church. The “jokes” that a speaker tells, and the laughter that follows from the flock. It’s the main emphasis in the “a-musement” and entertainment culture that has invaded the western church.
We see joy in the Word of God. We see laughter in the Bible. Thank God for the break this provides from the battle real Christians wage against the flesh and the schemes of the devil.
And…the most humorous things in life are the true and holy events we experience, the natural, clean play on words, etc. – these things that are not contrived nor stated to tickle the ears of the “audience.”
But…how do we know something is a tradition of God vs. a tradition of man? By its repeated use and example in the Holy Scriptures. We also know that sarcasm (from the Greek word “sarx” – meaning to ‘cut the flesh’) is used extensively by our Lord Jesus and our brother the apostle Paul to stun their rebellious and stubborn hearers and gain entry into their heart for a change to holy behavior.
So with that in mind, we give you the top 3 examples of depreciating and silly humor and joking in the Bible. Since we see so much in the current church and we want to follow the Word by example, this shouldn’t be very hard.
Example 1: [Read more…]