It’s truly sad that many non-Christians think that the followers of Christ are humorless grouches. Such people never met folks such as myself. Not only do I enjoy puns, word plays, and the like but I love jokes which don’t hurt anybody.
It was the highly esteemed, and pressed, Goon Show that helped me think up many good puns and clever jokes. Being a born-again Christian, I adapted my new-found skill to my Bible reading and prayer. For example, why did Jonah have a strange childhood? He was brought up by a great fish. Nobody was demeaned in that joke, yet it’s funny.
Some stories in the Bible also are extremely hilarious to me. One of my favourites is when the apostle Peter was locked in jail for the night. An angel woke him up and opened the gates for him. Meanwhile, believers were praying late into the night for his release. When Peter knocked at the door, a woman named Rhoda didn’t let him in but ran back to tell the good news to the prayer warriors. They didn’t believe her at first. Peter kept knocking until somebody let him in. Hear those Christians were praying for Peter’s freedom, and yet they didn’t believe it when it happened. To me, that’s side-splittingly funny.
I also use puns and quips in my daily prayers. When I misspeak, I blame the toothpaste. That’s because after brushing with it, my tongue feels armed and hammered. God understands not only what I mean but that I got the idea from Bible teacher Steve Brown. In his case, he blamed the microphone for his verbal fumbles.
My mind tends to wander while I’m praying and shaving. When I forget what I was saying, I tell god that my train of thought left without me so I’ll wait for the next one. I then ask him for a leash for my mind. After all, it’s the leash he can do. Many Christians have a struggle with keeping their minds on prayer but I’m sure few use that excuse to justify it.
Additionally, I ask that the problems of my friends could be turned into a deck of cards. That way, they can deal with them. I know that there is nothing wrong with playing cards. They can be used or misused like any other object. By the way, my dad taught us to count by teaching us Blackjack. It didn’t result in us gambling our lives away.
I sure am happy that whenever I don’t know what I’m talking about, God does. He created us with emotions for his own good reasons. Imagine how dull this world would be without joy, elation, contentment and glee. If we didn’t have sorrow, sadness, and even depression, we wouldn’t be able to relate to others in their time of hardship. Even anger can be used for good when it spurs a person into action to correct injustices. Laughter is also a good emotional release. Even the writer of Proverbs understood that.