Do you believe that? That God can be funny…
I like this quote A LOT: “God is a comedian, playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.” ~ Voltaire
It also makes me a little squeamish… I digress.
Sadly many of us get this picture of a God sitting above us in the clouds with a stern look on His face; clearing His throat to get our attention when we get to being too silly and laughing because we’re not being serious and somber enough.
When life gets hard we need serious God something bad. We need Him to see our hurting and get real mad and revengeful on our behalf at the people who cause us such pain and suffering. Bring on the lightening bolts! Yet, when life is going good, funny God is who we want. We want our smiling dashboard bobble-head Jesus. You know the one, it’s that version of God that gets good “God-Themed” jokes about Jesus and Peter and such. And then something tragic happens again, and we need serious God. Oh what a crazy cycle.
As much as I like my version of God filled with love, joy and booming laughter that shakes the ground under my feet, I still get that “serious” version in my head any time someone frowns at my quirky behavior and open faith that doesn’t follow the older Mennonite legalistic rules of my grandparents. With all these faces portrayed of God, I wonder what version He really is. Serious, funny, somber, joyful? It’s a bit confusing. Guess I’ll know when I see Him face-to-face…but my gut says He’s more of the good stuff and less of the somber stuff. I think we let the somber things pin us down more than we should. We allow the bad stuff to wreck our joy. But I’m no one to preach this… else I’d be a hypocrite. So again, I digress.
One of the singers I follow and treasure is Regina Spector, not only because she is a piano player, but because she’s pretty open about faith and religion and God. I hope you like this song by Regina Spector called Laughing With (God). It’s just to get you thinking…
No one laughs at God in a hospital – No one laughs at God in a war – No one’s laughing at God when they’re starving or freezing or so very poor. No one laughs at God – When the doctor calls after some routine tests – No one’s laughing at God when it’s gotten real late and their kid’s not back from the party yet… No one laughs at God when their airplane start to uncontrollably shake – No one’s laughing at God when they see the one they love, hand in hand with someone else and they hope that they’re mistaken. No one laughs at God when the cops knock on their door and they say we got some bad news, sir – No one’s laughing at God when there’s a famine or fire or flood…
*Chorus* But God can be funny, at a cocktail party when listening to a good God-themed joke, or or when the crazies say He hates us and they get so red in the head you think they’re ‘bout to choke. God can be funny, when told He’ll give you money if you just pray the right way, and when presented like a genie who does magic like Houdini or grants wishes like Jiminy Cricket and Santa Claus. God can be so hilarious. Ha ha Ha ha
No one laughs at God in a hospital – No one laughs at God in a war – No one’s laughing at God when they’ve lost all they’ve got and they don’t know what for. No one laughs at God on the day they realize that the last sight they’ll ever see is a pair of hateful eyes – No one’s laughing at God when they’re saying their goodbyes.
No one’s laughing at God – We’re all laughing with God.
What is the one thing you see, that gives you hope, that God is funny?