This essay goes to the heart of one of my main complaints with a lot of theology. I’ve always thought God was like a Great-Uncle who laughed at our stupidity (hopeful;y with us) as he corrected us. That stern forbidding God that never cracks a smile, nah, not so much. Like the essayist says, design a Giraffe without a sense of humor? Who are you trying to kid?
That doesn’t of course mean that worshipping God and his Son is any less a serious business, it’s not. But I don’t care how serious it is, the best amongst us laugh, at their predicament, at their opponent, at themselves, but I don’t think they laugh at God. Why, because they laugh with Him. Enjoy the article.
The attribute of God that is most forgotten and most relevant for today is God’s sense of humor. In the story of Creation the Book of Genesis quotes God as saying, “Let us make man in our own image.” And so He did. And He saw that it was good, very good. Since that time man has been making God in his own image. And that is not good at all. Most of these man-made images of God are caricatures
We often picture God as a serious old man, burdened with the incredible task of managing this vast, complex universe and providing adequately for all of His creatures, especially for the fickle, fallible, unpredictable human beings. But God is not old. Neither is He young. It is the passing of time that makes one young and then old. God exists outside of time. God exists in eternity, in an eternal now. And God is not serious, at least in the sense of being burdened with a task that is too big for Him. Is it more difficult to manage the universe than to create it out of nothing? And most of all God is not sad. God is perfectly and eternally happy, and enjoys a divine sense of humor. The sense of humor we have, if we have one, is but an imperfect participation in God‘s sense of humor.
A sense of humor, of course, is a sense of the humorous. So what is humorous? The humorous is that which is unexpected, incongruous and preposterous. At the circus, for example, it is the incongruity of the clown with the baggy pants, bulbous nose, long shoes, and painted face that is humorous. At the movies we laugh at the “Three Stooges” because they are always doing the unexpected, the incongruous and the preposterous.
A sense of humor then is simply a sense of truth, a sense of reality that enables us to discern the untrue, the unreal, the incongruous and the preposterous. God has a perfect sense of humor then because God is All-Truth and God is the “really real,” the source of all reality.
Creation is filled with the humor of God. Consider the giraffe, the kangaroo, the zebra, the ostrich, the hyena and the baboon. Could a serious, humorless old man even conceive of such creations? And what about us? Man has been called an “angelic animal.” What an unexpected, incongruous and preposterous combination! Angels are perfectly at home, wherever they are. Animals are perfectly at home in this world. But we are not. We are like displaced persons. We have not here a lasting city. And we do not have it all together. We are a bundle of contradictions. “The good we will we do not and the evil we will not that we do.” We are proud as devils and act like jackasses.
via ESSAY – GOD’S SENSE OF HUMOR.
And there is your lesson for today, even the worst of situations is funny. laugh and God will laugh with you. What could possibly be better? Because nothing is funnier than we and our overweening ambitions and seriousness of purpose, anyway. You know Gods looks at our earnestness and laughs, just like our dad’s did.