Laughter by Caleb H.
August 11, 2008, 6:15 am
Filed under: Devotions, Humor

Men, Laughter should be a trademark of Christianity. I don’t mean the self-righteous, mean, sinister cackling of a person laughing at someone else’s sin. Nor do I mean the indulgent laughter of those who do not guard their eyes and ears and hearts and minds by intaking unbeneficial media. (All of which are warned against in scripture)

However, as CJ Mahaney reminded us a few Sundays ago…Laughter, true, self-forgetful and unabashed laughter, is a mark of humility.

Here is a great quote of C.S. Lewis on laughter that CJ cited:

Laughter is a divine gift to the human who is humble. A proud man cannot laugh because he must watch his dignity; he cannot give himself over to the rocking and rolling of his belly. But a poor and happy man laughs heartily because he gives no serious attention to his ego….Only the truly humble belong to this kingdom of divine laughter…Humor and humility should keep good company. Self deprecating humor can be a healthy reminder that we are not the center of the universe, that humility is our proper posture before our fellow humans as well as before almighty God…”I suppose,” wrote C.S. Lewis, “we should mind humiliation less if we were but humbler.”

Guys, if anyone has a reason to laugh, it is the Christian. Check out these verses from Psalm 126, that share with us the response of the Israelites when God rescued them time and again:

Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then they said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us;
we are glad.

(Emphasis added)

Do we not have a greater reason to praise God and sing and laugh aloud than the Israelites of the Old Testament?!? Our sins, which were great and burdening and kept us from God, HAVE BEEN REMOVED AND PAID FOR IN JESUS!

The Lord has taken them from us, onto himself, and has borne the punishment for them, which would have taken eternity in Hell for us to bear. In faith now, we are justified and adopted. Nothing will separate us from His love for us in Christ. Let these truths inform your attitude today.

May we be men not marked by discouraging anxiety or distrust, but humble and self-forgetful and exultant laughter! We have been forgiven! Isn’t that incredible?

Towards that end, here is a voicemail that I listened to on Kevin Shipp’s iTunes the other day and couldn’t stop laughing for a while thereafter…


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I’ll have to be honest, that little clip was more annoying than funny. hmm…

But great post! C.S. Lewis hits it right on the nose. Which book was that written in? Mere Chrisitianity?

Comment by Tyler Thayer

Hey Tyler,

Yeah, Humor is subjective…so, sorry you didn’t think that clip was hilarious.

The quote is from Terry Lindvall’s book, Surprised By Laughter: The Comic World of C.S. Lewis.

Thanks for reading and participating! I think the growth in your life, your love for sound doctrine and the gospel of Christ, is encouraging and an evidence of God at work in you man!

Comment by Caleb H.

Thanks Caleb!
I’ll have to add that book to my list to read. I have read and heard some very funny things about the humor of Spurgeon too.

These men have to make you wonder if we are just too serious sometimes.
Sometimes I find myself in situations and I think God must have a sense of humor. Or He must be chuckling at me right now. Then I just have to laugh at myself.

Fun times…

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