Nudge, Nudge, Smirk, Smirk

Randal asked if we have a sense of humor. I’ve been told I have a good one. I love humor and can’t resist it. I have funny thoughts running through my head most of the time.

I have what is called a dry sense of humor that can be described as observational. I can usually rift off of the things I see around me quite easily. I also love witty repartee. It helps to read a lot to have more ammunition.

I am often thinking of funny replies to what people post on Facebook. But I try to resist. 🙂

I love puns and smart humor. I see humor in almost everything. I can sit at WalMart or watch TV and think of almost non-stop jokes. I always wanted to be on Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Crude humor doesn’t have a place with me. In fact, my creed is, “Humor should amuse, not abuse.” I don’t believe in cruel humor because the Golden Rule dictates my life. If I don’t like it, I’m not doing it to others. Hence, I don’t taunt or cruelly mock others because I don’t want them turned on me.

Getting laughs with crude talk is too easy and therefore pointless. It’s like one comedian said about performing his comedy routine to a drunk audience. “If you make them laugh it doesn’t count. They’re drunk. They’re always laughing.”

It is disturbing that true humor is almost dead in popular culture. All they have left is the crude, easy joke. I think that either says something about the intelligence of the entertainment business or the public. Or, both.

I am dismayed that so many people fail to see humor in Scripture. In fact, some people see it as offensive to even suggest that there is humor in God’s Word. It is somehow sacrilegious.

How can you read Elijah mocking the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18), Balaam and the donkey (Numbers 22) and Micaiah and Ahab (1 Kings 22) and a host of others without laughing?

Job was so frustrated with the rants of his ignorant friends that he said, “No doubt you are the people, and wisdom will die with you!” (Job 12:2). I find this funny but have pointed that out to congregations and they just stare at me. Maybe that says something about my humor.

Besides women like a man with a sense of humor. Or, so I’ve been told.

#humor, #laughter, #nudge

Entertaining At Three

This is a story my parents didn’t tell about me, but one I vividly remember myself. From the age of one to six, I often stayed with my grandparents on their farm. When they would take me to the church building on the Lord’s Day, I was like all other kids my age – I was constantly moving in order to not be bored.

One Sunday, while the preacher was preaching his sermon, I (who was then three years old), stood up and began making all kinds of weird faces (sticking my tongue out, etc.) at the audience seated behind me.

Needless to say, there was quite a few giggles and some laughter going on. I’m certain that the preacher wondered why his serious biblical message was suddenly turning humorous. Well, it wasn’t too long before my grandparents got “wind” of the situation, and my humor-producing antics came to an abrupt halt.

My granddad took me to the rear of the auditorium and proceeded to “warm” my backside (no humor there). Needless to say, my day of trying to be a comic suddenly ended – my entertainment career being over. Never again did I make any more faces in the assembly, for which I’m certain the preacher was thankful. 🙂

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Laughter on one’s lips is a sign that t…

Laughter on one’s lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life.

Hugh Sidey

#deep, #good, #grasp, #laughter, #life, #lips, #person, #sign

Laughter is the corrective force which p…

Laughter is the corrective force which prevents us from becoming cranks.

Henri Bergson

#become, #corrective, #crank, #force, #laughter, #prevent

Laughter is the sun that drives winter f…

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.

Victor Hugo

#drive, #face, #human, #laughter, #sun, #winter

Humor in the Bible is Allowed

I have mentioned humor in the Bible and received some skeptical looks. Others seem to be thinking  I had lost my mind. There is so need for that.

Humor is completely human and Scripture would be remiss not to include it. We laugh, use sarcasm and puns. God does the same thing. If we are a linguist, we will see sarcasm and puns all through Scripture.

When I studied the book of Job at Freed-Hardeman, Dr. Clyde Woods had a lot of fun with the book. He was deep, penetrating, compassionate and tender.

He pointed out Job 12:2 and shared how much humor he found in it. Job sarcastically refers to his “friends” and says, “No doubt you are the people, and wisdom will die with you!” I find that to be truly funny. But through the fifteen years that have passed, brethren never laugh at that passage when I mention it. I don’t know if they just don’t get it or they fear that laughing would be sacrilegious. I fear it is a little of both. If it is the latter, we have developed a misunderstanding of God.

As I have said, I listen to the New Testament on CD and I picture Jesus smiling and laughing often. When Nathanael meets Jesus in John 1:43-51, I imagine Jesus laughing and putting his arm around Nathanael before he says verse 50. Maybe he even walked a little farther and turned and faced him and said verse 51, which was more serious. Anyway, I imagine Jesus laughing. What is wrong with that? Nothing.

I appreciate the other input the Fellows have given on this nudge. I hope others will add their thoughts. Let us always laugh. It is a gift of God.  🙂

#humor, #jesus, #laughter

Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side …

Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects.

Arnold Glasow

#effects, #laughter, #tranquilizer