Laughter, giggles, hilarity alongside fellowship, church, God, and Christians? Seems very unlikely to some, and ideal to most. Is this possible, can Christians be funny, have a sense of humor or be comical? Is there such a thing as Christian humor?
As a matter of fact, it is possible and very necessary. Laughter is often called medicine for the soul. We can all attest to the need for some medicinal relief for the many internal aliments that often plague the human body, like depression, anxiety, fear, and loneliness – the laundry list goes on for miles. God wants us to make the best of the life he has given us, and that means we should learn to chuckle a bit. It is perfectly fine. You will not lose a jewel in your crown on judgment day because you enjoyed life and laughed. “A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.”( Proverbs 17:22)
Having a witty or humorous personality is accepted. The creator built these characteristics in our DNA. It is safe to assume that some of these individuals choose to be Christians, and viola – a funny Christian is in the church.
But wait, this could be a thing? Christian humor? This could be used to glorify God. This could draw the unsaved people to Him. Be it Christian or not we all deserve to enjoy a crying laughing moment. Christians can use laughter to draw people to Christ. A little secret: God wants us to use the gifts He gave us to glorify him and witness to people.
Sometimes You Must Laugh to Keep From Crying
How many times have you heard the phrase, “I have to laugh to keep from crying”? That is a reality for lots of humans. We deal with so many obstacles, disappointments and setbacks that the only reaction is to laugh. We laugh in hope and faith knowing that God will work it out. We laugh in confidence. We laugh in the enemy’s face. “He will yet fill your mouth with laughing and your lips with rejoicing.” (Job 8:21)
In the church, these issues present themselves the same. Pastors, ministry leaders, and staff deal with a plethora of complications, most unbeknownst to the congregation. Some comedic relief for a few minutes could take one’s mind off a situation and then they could begin to focus on God’s grace and mercy. Church is the place where the hurt, broken, and confused go for help. It is the hospital and people need spiritual medical attention. Christian humor can provide this.
Get Your Rod, We’re going fishing!
Christians are human beings packed with feelings, emotions and a range of experiences. Obvious differences between Christians and non-Christians are that we believe that Jesus died for our sins, that He is coming back to save us from ourselves, so that we may dwell in heaven with him. Heavy stuff, right?
In the world, people have been amused at that fact. Calling Christians crazy or you guessed it, funny. And that is ok. God is forgiving. He understands. He has a sense of humor. The awesome thing about Jesus is, He knew that everyone would not be willing to come to Him, so He instructed Christians, actually Simon and Peter, to go and make fishers of men.
In order to fish, we need bait, meaning we need a way to reach the unsaved to share the gospel of Jesus. Using the hilarity of say, a Christian comedian, just imagine all the people that could be reached. Laughter brings people together, no matter the background. This could work. Taking a very worldly idea and using it to draw people to Christ is just how God wants Christians to fish for men. You have to think of innovative ideas to reach people. Reaching people where they are shows them that you actually care versus trying to push your beliefs off on them. Being malleable is absolutely necessary when you are REACHING people where they are. Jesus had to go out amongst the sinners and share the gospel – He was flexible.
Naysayers – Get used to them!
“Why are you using comedic relief to tell people about Christ? Why is there even a thing called Christian comedy? Why does the pastor keep telling jokes – he is not funny! I will NOT attend a comedy show in the church.”
Whoa! Let us take a minute and bag up our judgments, Christians! These grievances hold as much weight as the old argument, “social media is the devil.” We all know that that is not true. God is on social media, just as He is in the church. With this limited way of thinking, we miss the opportunity to share with someone the goodness of God. All opportunities of sharing God’s word should be used, even if that means being humorous in doing so.
Leave with this thought: Imagine a church with no laughter. Imagine not following one of God’s instructions to us, in his own house. In Ecclesiastes, God commended a few things and one was to be merry. “I commended enjoyment, because a man has nothing better under the sun than to eat, drink, and be merry; for this will remain with him in his labor all the days of his life which God gives him under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 8:15)
Laugh. Cackle. Be amused. Use that Christian humor.
All Bible verses New King James Version, Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.
Inita Callaway is currently a Communications Director, for a church, Hope Community Church in Chicago, IL. She enjoys writing, reading, and learning new things about communications and marketing inside the church. She holds a master’s in Written Communications and enjoys putting interesting perspectives on religious pieces.
Some of her work can be found on www.thehopecity.org
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