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The Clown Wars

February 1, 2009

The old saying is familiar to all. “Laughter is the best medicine.” I’m one who enjoys cracking up those in the ambience with a well-timed, and usually spontaneous remark that perfectly frames the situation at hand. Ecclesiastes 3:4 informs us that there is indeed “a time to laugh” and there are moments where light hearted relief can be beneficial. There is, however, the ever present danger of allowing such levity to morph into runaway foolishness and take on a life of its own. It’s a battle that I wrestle with every day as, over the years, this tendancy toward jesting has led to an incredible amount of time squandered and opportunities to share the gospel lost. Ultimately, jesting leads to more complex jesting as those in the ambience take up the banner and run with it. Eventually, the assembly disburses and the words of life that the others so desperately need remain unspoken. (Incidentally, the word “jesting” has a single appearance in the King James bible)

Ephesians 5:4 “Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting,which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.”

I Peter 4:7 “But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

Foolishness runs in complete opposition to sober-mindedness and, once the train gets rolling, it can be incredibly difficult to stop. Many nights, I have found myself driving home from work, knowing in my spirit that I had blown the entire evening because “somewhere about the third hour, the sarchasm express had taken off like a rocket.” It seems harmless; nothing dirty, nothing hurtful to another, just breaking up the monotony of a typical evening at AAM. And despite knowing all of the scriptures that tell of how limited time is, (Ecclesiastes 8:8, James 4:13-15, etc) our actions will reveal to all, whether or not we really believe this. Our mouth may say “time is running out” but if our actions don’t line up with this message, we’re harboring disbelief. The illusion of continuity in the flesh has been one of the most devastating lies of all time as we unwittingly buy into the idea that “there’s always tomorrow.” 

I Timothy 4:12 “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”

I’m not suggesting that humor has no place and that we should be of such a serious nature that, if the wind changes direction we’ll break. There are times when a zinger or a corny comment can be a real ice breaker. But when the quest for chuckles becomes more dominant than steering our conversation toward Jesus, there’s a real problem. Or if we find ourselves taking time to think up ways to harvest laughs instead of seeking opportunities to share Jesus, we’re in need of serious adjustment. This is something that I battle every day as I really like to goof around. Yet we know that “the thought of foolishness is sin” according to Proverbs 24:9. Likewise Proverbs 22:15 reminds us that “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child.” Yet to get an even better understanding as to the seriousness of this issue, we can look to the words of Jesus.

Mark 7:20-23 “And he said, That which comethout of a man, that defileth a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.”

Jesus places foolishness in the same company as evil thoughts, covetousness, adultery and pride. Most of us, if we knew that a particular saint was living in fornication, would admonish the person to consider what they’re doing. But foolishness would be looked upon as much less servere andtherein lies the danger. ; Jesting  is a robber of time and a medium by which carnal-mindedness is promoted. If allowed to get out of control, it will keep us from the very business that we are supposed to be about; reaching a lost world for Jesus. Again, I’m not saying that humor has no place and I’ll probably always be one who strives to employ such methods in conversation. So long as we understand the business at hand. In everything that we do and say, we should consistantly be striving to draw folks unto Jesus; whether we are loaded with zingers or are dry as the Sahara during the dry season.

II Corinthians 4:3-4 “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”

We live in a culture that oftentimes seems completely given over to foolishness and non-stop entertainment. This mindset even spills into the church as increasing numbers of professing saints settle for an entertaining form of godliness that tickles the ears and moves the feet, but does nothing for the heart. The battle to remain sober-minded will only intensify as we inch ever closer to the end of the age. The enemy knows that time is running out and is certain to do everything possible in an attempt to sidetrack us. To get us into a routine of throwing glove balls at work and fishing for laughs, while the final moment of everyone around closes in and could well be only a few hours away. Everytime a person gets into their vehicle, they have no guarentee of ever getting back out again. Every accident that we hear of where somebody didn’t survive, we can be assured that in virtually every instance, this was not expected.

Every day, I need a continual reminding of the seriousness of the hour. That every day finds souls in eternity who the day before, were alive and well on planet earth. That evry day is somebodys last day and we never know if one of those somebodys lives right down the road from us. As we receive a greater understanding of this, we’ll be less likely to allow that which is temporal to dominate our time. I’ll close this for now, but my sincere prayer is that the Lord would grant to all of us a greater understanding of just how serious this is and that we would continually seek to gather unto Jesus. I know that this topic hasn’t been addressed adequately and that I may even be sounding like the “no-fun police.” (?) But the hour is late and tomorrow will be later than today.

I wish to all, a blessed day in Jesus.

Ecclesiastes 10:12-13 “The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious; but the lips of the fool will swallow up himself. The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.

Ecclesiastes is SO AWESOME!

Ecclesiastes 10:14-15 A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him? The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city.”

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UPDATE 02/02/09 (0210)

Lately there’s been a lot of hits on the C Alan Martin vision, located on the “End Times/Prophetic Sites” page. Perhaps it could be because, if the vision is accurate, President Obama is our last president. Anyway, I found a much more detailed account of the vision which is now linked to. The link is located at the top of the page, right under the “Four Horses of the Apocalypse” picture.

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6 comments

  1. Very thoughtful post. I do understand that we need to have a balance when it comes to serious matters and fun. I remember growing up hearing my mom say that “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” There is a danger too of being so serious in living for God that we turn people off. People need to understand that living for God is fun, but not the kind of fun that the world thinks of as fun. I’m talking about good clean fun. We had a whole weekend of good clean fun in our Kid’s Crusade this weekend. Some of the puppet songs were funny, but it was all for a purpose, and our altars were full of praying kids and adults at the end of each service. Some of the best preachers I know are real comedians, but the comedy in not an end in itself. It is used to relax people and open their hearts, and I think it makes it easier to handle when the preacher transitions to the serious part of the message.

    Anyway, that’s just my two cents worth. Hope you have a blessed week.


  2. Can you, or someone recommend a book that explains the book of Revelation in a simple manner?


  3. Hi Carol. Sorry for taking so long to reply. It’s been a crazy week. The subject of being sober-minded is one that I wrestle with much. There is indeed a place for clever humor and laughter is a good medicine. My problem is that I tend to cross the line and allow the humor to become the focus of things. I like to crack people up, but if this doesn’t ultimately lead toward godly discussions of the issues that truly matter, I’ve just become another entertainer.

    It sounds like the crusade was an awesome time. Thank you for taking time to help us remember that there is a balance in this. Either extreme can be dangerous. Have a blessed weekend in Jesus.


  4. Hi Code. Erwin Baxter has a number of resources on this subject that may be helpful. His web site is http://www.endtime.com There are also resources mentioned on http://www.christianmediadaily.com (I hope I got that right. If not, it’s listed on the end times/prophetic sites page)

    Thanks for taking time to stop by. I hope that these sites will be helpful. Erwin Baxter has been a guest on Coast to Coast AM a couple of times and seems to have studied prophetic events extensively.

    Have a blessed weekend in Jesus.


  5. hi timbob…

    thanks for the resource links. i will have a look. i did know of a book i used a number of years ago, but i can’t recall the name of it and it was pretty straightforward. I didn’t need 5 other books to figure out what each sentence was referring to.

    some strange things have happened lately. i feel a real urgency, but i’m not sure what exactly the “urgency” is directed at. generally speaking, i understand, but specifically, i’m not sure yet.

    i’ve been listening to david myers sermons again since these odd occurrences.

    okay, well i’ll let you know how i get on. thanks again


  6. Hi Code. These are strange times and I’m noticing how the current economic fiasco is creating a perfect cover for some very sinister goings on. May we all be close to Jesus and know that he will sustain us; no matter what comes our way.

    Thanks so much for stopping in. Please keep me informed of anything that seems out of the ordinary. I’ll keep you and your family in prayer. Have a blessed week in Jesus.



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