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09/24/2011 / Kaitlin Zhang

The Christian Way to Joke

Jesus Christ walked into a bar and ……

And I don’t know the ending of that joke.

What is the Christian way to make a joke?

Is it really okay for Christians to make a sexist, racist, something-ist joke?

The Bible teaches us to speak in a loving way.

“Rather, speak the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,” – Ephesians 4:15

I believe that what we say directs where we will go in life. And that in every lie, there is some truth that reflects something about your character.

The Bible says that there is power in the name of Jesus Christ.

“Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” – Philippians 2:9-11

When we say the name, God’s spirit is working.  Have you ever wondered why the name “Jesus Christ” is used in profanity?  How come nobody ever says “Oh My Buddha!”?  This is because even non-Christians can perceive the power in the name of Christ.

And it is not always what you say.  Sometimes I find myself laughing at the most inappropriate jokes.  When I laugh along, I am silently permitting this kind of behavior.  And I know that you can’t just stay away from people and their inappropriate jokes.  However, I believe that it is a great opportunity to pray for that person silently in your heart.  You can also not encourage them.  Just be silent.  Don’t laugh along. Change the subject.  Do what you have to do. The same goes for inappropriate comments, gossip, teasing, making fun of etc.

If that person is also Christian, perhaps it is appropriate for you to gently nudge them in the right direction by talking privately with them in a kind manner.

I hope you find this post interesting. And I pray that you will be more aware of the jokes you say and listen to from now on. In Jesus’ name.

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