I have wrestled with this in the past but decided that I need to go ahead and post it anyway. I will be upfront this may not sit well with many people but I ask that you at least consider what I write and if you feel it is erroneous you can post a comment because I would really love to dialogue about it. This post is about Christians and Comedy and the thin line that I think is crossed daily.
The picture above is a movie by the famous Oshea Jackson better known as Ice Cube (actually the movie is written and directed by David Talbert thanks LadyDi). The little funny looking guy is Katt Williams a very popular comedian for the Hip Hip (my) generation and he is the typical black church Choir Director if you know what I mean. The movie is about some petty criminals who must rob a neighborhood church to pay a $17K debt. The preacher of this church is the infamous Katt Williams or Pastor Rickey. We see the typical church satire. The crooked church pastor (actually it was the Deacon who is played by Micheal Beach thanks again Lady Di)I guess, the man who lust after the women, the money being used to finance lifestyles, we see the swaying choir, and the typical unregenerate church member. All of this is done in the name of a few laughs. But what isn’t funny is the fact that the name of the Lord Jesus and YAHWEH are misused the church is lowered to an incompetent organism that really has no Gospel and no power to do anything but meet the felt needs of the people that dawn the door Sunday after Sunday, then we have………
The above is a picture of Talladega Nights a comedy about racing. The lead character is the famous Will Ferrell. He got his big break on Saturday Night Live and has been “balling” every since. The scene above caused me to turn the movie off. What is sad is that a Christian recommended this movie to me and I have heard many Christians say it is one of the funniest movies they ever saw. I am saddened by such a statement. Here is the dialogue that surrounded my utter frustration:
Ricky Bobby: Dear Lord baby Jesus, or as our brothers in the south call you, “Jezus,” we thank you so much for this bountiful harvest of Dominos, KFC, and the always delicious Taco Bell. I just want to take time to say thank you for my family. My two beautiful, beautiful, handsome stricking sons, Walker, and Texas Ranger, or TR as we call him. And of course my red hot smokin’ wife Carley, who is a stone cold fox.
Cal Naughton, Jr.: mmm…
Ricky Bobby: Dear tiny infant Jesus…
Carley Bobby: Hey, um… you know sweetie, Jesus did grow up. You don’t always have to call him baby. It’s a bit odd and off puttin’ to pray to a baby.
Ricky Bobby: Well look, I like the Christmas Jesus best, and I’m sayin grace. When you say grace, you can say it to grown up Jesus, or teenage Jesus, or bearded Jesus, or whoever you want.
Now maybe that is funny to you and maybe I am just a pious self-righteous hyprocritical pharissee, but I wonder when the covenant was made in eternity past, the one when Jesus decided to humble Himself by becoming the incarnate Son of God, and He is surrendering to His own creation to become the sacrificial lamb I don’t think the Trinity was laughing about this. Mankind has offended a Holy God and the only way this could be made right is through the birth, death, burial and ressurection of the Lord Jesus. I wonder was Jesus laughing when He is beat, mocked, spit upon, carrying His cross and nailed to it on Golgatha was He laughing. I wonder did He think “this baby Jesus stuff is hilarious Father”. I don’t think so but I could be wrong. But I am not finish I have one more bone to pick and this man is more famous than them all right now and it is……..
Tyler Perry. This man has grossed more money from blaspheming the name of God than anyone I know. The problem is this is supposed to be wholesome Christian comedy. He profanes the name of God consistenly and habitually. Madea is a profane woman (Tyler Perry dressed up) who continually ridcules Christ and the Church here is a quote just in case you think I am going to far:
“Every time I try to read the Bible… and Jesus… the one with all the words in red… I open my Bible to that New Testimony and see all that red and I just give up. Jesus was talkin’ way too much.” - Madea
Here is another
These are just a couple I got pages of them. But if we think that “Jesus was talking way too much” is funny then we have some serious theological issues to work through and the first one that comes to mind is worship. I wonder how people can laugh at Will Ferrell, Katt Williams, and Tyler Perry and be taken serious as it relates to the Gospel. Our God came in the flesh to reconcile us to Himself and in turn we laugh at Him. We make Him the butt of our jokes. We profane His Holy Name by giggling at blasphemers? Come on folks.
I think the problem is we don’t read our bibles. Church is something to do not somebody to be. That is why we have no problem with people singing popular Christian songs when they don’t even believe in Him. That is why we don’t have a problem with “The Bible Experience” a group of profane man and women “bringing the bible to life” as the executive producer of it says. Its funny we don’t see Muslims playing with the Koran like that do we. They would be outraged if a group of Christians took the Koran to make it more relevant but we have no problem letting these actors do it to our word.
I have no problem with comedy I love to laugh, but I will not engage in it at the expense of my Lord. If you spend anytime in the Old Testament there is one thing that God is serious about and it is “HIS NAME”. You don’t see Moses and Aaron giving stand up comedy skits and using the Lord’s name as a foundation of their jokes. When Isaiah sees the Lord High and Lifted Up you don’t see Him turn around and crack jokes with Hezikiah. Here are a couple of examples of just how Holy God is and why we should fear Him not crack jokes or support others who make sport of Him:
10 Now an Israelite woman’s son, whose father was an Egyptian, went out among the people of Israel. And the Israelite woman’s son and a man of Israel fought in the camp, 11 and the Israelite woman’s son blasphemed the Name, and cursed. Then they brought him to Moses. His mother’s name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan. 12 And they put him in custody, till the will of the Lord should be clear to them. 13 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 14 “Bring out of the camp the one who cursed, and let all who heard him lay their hands on his head, and let all the congregation stone him. 15 And speak to the people of Israel, saying, Whoever curses his God shall bear his sin. 16 Whoever blasphemes the name of the Lord shall surely be put to death. All the congregation shall stone him. The sojourner as well as the native, when he blasphemes the Name, shall be put to death.
I bet that dude wasn’t laughing when the third stone hit him upside his head and what about this one in Chapter 10:
10:1 Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it and laid incense on it and offered unauthorized fire before the Lord, which he had not commanded them. 2 And fire came out from before the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord. 3 Then Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord has said, ‘Among those who are near me I will be sanctified, and before all the people I will be glorified.’” And Aaron held his peace. 4 And Moses called Mishael and Elzaphan, the sons of Uzziel the uncle of Aaron, and said to them, “Come near; carry your brothers away from the front of the sanctuary and out of the camp.” 5 So they came near and carried them in their coats out of the camp, as Moses had said. 6 And Moses said to Aaron and to Eleazar and Ithamar his sons, “Do not let the hair of your heads hang loose, and do not tear your clothes, lest you die, and wrath come upon all the congregation; but let your brothers, the whole house of Israel, bewail the burning that the Lord has kindled. 7 And do not go outside the entrance of the tent of meeting, lest you die, for the anointing oil of the Lord is upon you.” And they did according to the word of Moses.
I can continue on for pages again but hopefully you get what I am trying to convey. Just because our culture does things doesn’t give us to right to participate in it. We should be offended when Will Ferrell says “I like the baby Jesus” we should be offended when Tyler Perry profanes the name of God which He does in EVERY SINGLE PLAY OR MOVIE HE PRODUCES (it is funny that he gets a Gospel Celebration awardfor blaspheming the name of God, this is idiotic). We should be offened with a little profane man plays the role of the highest office in the Church of God which is a Pastor the equivalent of a prophet today. God takes His name very seriously and as His servants we should also.
You see as long as we allow this stuff to go unquestioned we will continue to be the laughing stock of the known world. When the Flood, the Plauges, the Red Sea, David and Goliath, The destruction of the Prophets of Baal, Jonah in the Fish, The birth, death and ressurection of our Lord, and Hell are jokes by us, then people will never see the grave consequences of offending a Holy God and our children will continue to become more pluralistic and our churches will become more susceptible to all types of error and man like Olsteen and Jakes (the next Billy Graham?) will continue to find the spotlight on Dr. Phil and Oprah. Man like Kirk Franklin and Tyler Perry will continue to get invitations to Oprah and we wil continue to be a viable option among many religions. Stephen the Levite says something in one of his songs “they take Him as a joke because we present Him that way, the masses are at stake” and I concur wholeheartedly!!!!!!!!!!!!