There is something that always drives me a little bit crazy. It’s the idea that Christians are serious, judgmental, cold and unloving. If by serious you mean I take life seriously because my life (and your life) matters–then I confess that I am serious. But if you think it means I never crack and smile and laugh, then you are seriously warped in your perceptions. If by judgmental you mean I am always pointing a finger at someone else; by cold,unapproachable; by unloving that I have no compassion or sympathy–you have been hanging around atheists and church-despisers far too long.
Laughter is one of the most natural expressions for a Christian. We are constantly making fun of ourselves and inviting others to join the laughter. Watch this clip with me.
The reality is that Christians can laugh because true Christians have nothing to fear. “Nothing can separate them from the love of God …” (Romans 8) Nothing need end badly and nothing in their life is without purpose, therefore they can laugh in the face of any circumstance. “In all things God works for the good of those who love him, who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28). Christians can laugh because ultimately God is in control, The nations may rage, but Christians live with a peace that passes all understanding. (Philippians 4).
Sometimes we don’t laugh because some things ARE NOT FUNNY. Sin and its destructive power are things to be treated with utmost seriousness. The consequences of sin upon our neighbors and our world do not evoke laughter. Battered babies and people living in abject poverty, people who are unjust and selfish stir up righteous anger. Persons devastated by disasters break our hearts and bring us to tears.
Maybe that’s when you’ve caught us not laughing.