Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Laughing at Sin

A few weeks ago John Piper spoke at a conference for the American Association of Christian Counselors. When you click here to hear the message - listen closely to the first five minutes. Dr. Piper shared some of the deepest and most prevailing sins that he has struggled with his entire life – and the audience laughed! What happened is that over the course of a couple of days, those attended the conference had been trained to expect humor from the speakers - to the point that they were incapable of knowing when someone was being serious in their confession of sin to them.

One of the greatest (and the least addressed) issues I have observed in the church is that often the “joy of the Lord” has been dumbed down” to mean a shallow, light-hearted, childlike silliness, rather than a serious and heavy joy that is rooted deep in our souls. Those of you who know me know I am surely not against laughter – but I have observed that when humor and levity become the foundation of our joy in God it becomes difficult to be dearly serious about sin – and then even more difficult to be serious (and truly joyful) about our relationship with God.

We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything. (2 Corinthians 6:8-10)

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