I was asked this question on social media the other day. While the answer of ‘yes’ was my instinctive response, I must admit, I had never explored the idea fully. It was an interesting thought that I found worth considering: Does God have a sense of humor? In order to answer that question, I figured the first question we must ask ourselves was actually:
Do we want Him to?
Put another way, the question I wondered was: Is humor or comedy inherently good? I believe this answer was also an “absolutely, yes,” but I wanted to understand why.
When a newborn baby laughs, we experience the elemental essence of laughter. Is this humor? Is it comedy? No, not really, it’s just a father blowing bubbles in milk. But to the child, this is something miraculous. It is this moment of wonder—those wondrous seconds of I can’t believe he just did that—that sings in the soul of that child. It sings in our souls as well. It’s an unavoidable blessing, laughter, and our Maker intended it as such.
While we all have our own comedic preferences, I have found that my tastes have shifted considerably as I have grown in my faith. I’d imagine that most Christians will experience the same. What I once had deemed “comedy” is now just above “cesspool.” If the Bible tells us to think about things that are pure, lovely, admirable, and praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8), then that would explain my disdain for vulgarity. In fact, I can now see those grotesque, profanity-riddled stand-ups that I always enjoyed for what they really are—cheap, unoriginal, lazy.
The greatest comedy, the purest laugh, is that which leaves no reason to squirm. Life is funny, objectively so, and it is enjoyed with those whom you love.
So then, to answer your question, yes. God absolutely has a sense of humor.
Where else would His kids get it from?
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