Well? When did it? There are many Christians out there that write satire focused on Christian living. Christians making fun of themselves or other Christians and what we do. It’s funny. It’s cool. It’s entertaining with it’s “Look! I can make fun of us!” mentality. I’ve read it, haven’t you? I was actually reading some of it last night by a very popular Christian author and in the middle of it all, the question hit me, and sobered me up real quick; When did Christian life become a joke?
Christians like side-hugs… haha that’s funny. Christians raise their arms up in praise and it looks like a touchdown sign in football… haha that’s funny. I’ve laughed, you’ve laughed, or maybe even snickered. And all I could think of when that question hit me was first-century Christians being tortured and slaughtered because they were believers. Oh, yeah, we were entertaining even back then, right? Mothers and Fathers watching their children being fed to the lions for the entertainment of others.
I’m not laughing at cheap jabs any more, I don’t care who they come from. Don’t get me wrong, I believe the Lord invented laughter, and wit. I believe He has a sense of humor. I just came to realize that this is another way to downplay Christian faith, and make the world look on us as foolish, and something to be laughed off. “Other people make fun of Christians, so we are going to do it first, and better!” Fantastic.
Right now, as I type this, a pregnant Sudanese woman, a Christian, is being held by authorities until she gives birth and then Muslims are going to execute her for being an “apostate” in their eyes. Christians like side-hugs! Haha. Where are our heads? Where are our hearts? No, we don’t have to be “downers” all the time, but if just as many people would be sober-minded and serious about things that we as believers should intervene in and take seriously as laugh at “Christian jokes” perhaps we could take better care of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Yeah, there’s a lot to joke about that is truly funny about “Christian” life. Churches splitting over the color of the carpet. Haha. The Church in the U.S. better wake up. To whom much is given much is expected. “Well, we can still laugh and joke, and be serious about serious things too! You’re such a wet blanket.” Yes, we can. If you are the type of believer who has a deep, rich faith, who helps others in meaningful ways on a daily basis, go ahead and laugh about trivial idiocies that we see happen around us, but don’t let that distract others from the Gospel and the dire straits that our ancestors in the faith faced, or the atrocities going on right now. Further, examine your local church congregation. Perhaps if you think it is a laughingstock, it’s time to find a different congregation.
Fellowshipping (haha Christians like to fellowship and eat together!) is supposed to be a time of bonding, shared concerns, shared humor, shared food (including the Lord’s Table), and shared scriptural teaching. We do have a certain humor when we are around each other, but make no mistake, some of the things you think are so witty and clever that they make people laugh about Christians ensure that there are others laughing at us, not with us. There is a certain type of humor that is rich, Godly (haha, Christians like to add the word “Godly” into soooo many different things!), good-natured, mature, and then there is cheap, immature humor that insures “the world” does look at us and laugh.
What I’m saying, dear reader (if you are a fellow believer), is think before you joke, think before you laugh. Is it really funny? Psychologically, what we laugh at and what we joke about does have an effect on how we, and others, view things. Just think about it.