by Pastor Mark
One of the occupational hazards of the ministry is sensibility and sincerity. We ministers can be much too serious. I suppose it comes from doing important things all the time, like worship, and funerals, and hospital visits. Though, to be honest I should speak for myselfâ€”I find myself to be much to sober, perhaps even somber much of the time. I can only imagine what other people think.
Iâ€™m thinking about this because of a very funny and highly irreverent video I watched on line. Iâ€™ve mentioned before that I like to read the â€œReal Live Preacherâ€ blog. Today he has posted a video of himself test tasting communion wafers. (If you want to see it go to http://www.reallivepreacher.com/. Warning: it is not for everybody.) I think it is hilarious. I may just like it for shock value of someone actually munching down on communion wafers, but I find the deadpan delivery is right on.
To be honest I donâ€™t think it is just me who is too serious. It may be an ailment for church people in general. What do you think?
I donâ€™t believe that God wants us to be serious all the time. Why create people who can laugh if they shouldnâ€™t use it? Iâ€™m told the Bible even has some funny stuff in it, but you can only see the humor if you are a first-century Palestinian.
Iâ€™m not sure where Iâ€™m going with this, except to say that I am trying to lighten up. Iâ€™m looking to you for help. As a member of the church you see me a lot. Tell me some jokes. Let me know when my sermon is funny, perhaps laugh out loud sometime if it is deserving.
Anyway, that is what is on my mind today.
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