When a Joke is a Sin

Humour is fun, right ? God loves to see us laugh !

There is also humour which God considers to be sinful. Let me give you an example.

A few years ago, I helped organize a special evening devoted to “Christian Unity”. The weather was calling for snow that evening, and Newfoundlanders are notoriously afraid of driving in the snow !

Nevertheless, it did not snow, and our time of unity and celebration came to pass, and there was a very good turnout.

Just when it was time to go home, ‘Marisa’, stuck her head out of the door and announced :

‘Is it ever snowing outside!’ Everyone was upset, and ran to the doors and windows, only to find out that Marisa was ‘joking’, or lying. Not one snowflake was falling !

This is the kind of deceptive joking, or lying, that God does not like. Proverbs 26:19 tells us about how angry God is when Christians think it is acceptable to play ‘pranks’ on each other.

Marisa, the prankster, left the parish soon after, and told no one where she was going.

Beloved, let us not stress each other by playing ‘pranks’ on each other. God loves humour, but only the kind that edifies. God does not enjoy stressful humour !

Pictured is my water glass, which reminds me that older people are generally less thirsty than their younger friends. We need to keep sipping water to support our health.

17 thoughts on “When a Joke is a Sin

  1. Your post reminds me of one of the sayings of last Prophet Muhammad(peace be upon him) which tells us not to lie even in joke.
    By these silly things we not only deceive others but destroy our own credibility too.
    I’ve seen people fighting after these pranks…
    May God guide us to remain on the righteous way, Ameen.

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  2. Thanks for the reminder about drinking water. I trust I am welcome to discuss this prank post. In my opinion I see her little joke as too minor to mention, no harm caused and I think it hardly compares with a maniac shooting arrows of death. I believe judgement is needed to discern what pranks or jokes are more serious. I believe this falls into my category I wouldn’t judge someone else’s toothpick in the eye because I have logs in my own. A little understanding is better, to err is human after all, to forgive divine. Thank you for allowing my opinion.

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      1. Good point. I had not thought of that. I used to quite sarcastic at times, but God changed me. I now try hard to let my yes be yes and my no be no – to not say things opposite to their real meaning. Thx.

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      2. Mark – I am like that too, my yes is yes and no is no. I also try to avoid idioms, like for example :
        ‘A stitch in time saves nine’, because they can be confusing. Newfoundland, although part of Canada, is a distinct culture.
        When we arrive here, a neighbour kept saying: ” Oh, I finds me back”. I wondered about that in silence until I asked him what that means. He said it means ” my back hurts”. Wish I had asked earlier so I could have been more sympathetic. πŸ€—

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  3. We are warned in Scripture against coarse jesting, too. Laughter is like medicine when it comes with joyful things, but not if it brings us into agreement with foolish pranks and coarse jesting. Proverbs speaks a lot about foolishness and it does not please the Lord. I agree with the gentleman above that we need to forgive, but that doesn’t mean we need to agree with what that person did. What she did brought distress to those people, and that is not Christ-like.

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  4. “Marisa” sounds like a prankster (like April Fool tricks). Sarcasm however is really anger that acts as humor. My Dad who passed 27 years ago was an expert at sarcasm and all of us 14 children were ‘unblessed’ with that wit. Recognizing it after I was born again was a miracle; others loved me enough to tell me what they saw. I see it now as a generational iniquity. There is a cruelty in it. I was delivered after repenting and renouncing it. It is not a loving spirit. Victims of it wonder what they really meant and it troubles the soul.

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