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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thank God for Comedians

This fulfills what is written in their Scriptures: 'They hated me without cause.' (John 15:25).

The flip side of self-righteousness is self-loathing. Though I have no degree in psychoanalysis, it is tempting to put the scribes and Pharisees that hated Jesus on a couch for I cannot help but see a great deal of unhappiness in their lives…unhappiness essentially with themselves. All human beings are vulnerable to feelings of inadequacy in many areas—“We may not be happy with the way we look, our talents, or our imperfections. We may compare ourselves with others instead of happily being the people we are intended to be” (Joyce Meyer, Power Thoughts Devotional, page 332). Because of our profound unhappiness, we put up a hypocritical front—and the sensing of this craven deceit only deepens our sense of self-loathing. Into this mix of self-loathing, Jesus walks in nonchalantly exposing all our sins; thus arousing intense resentment and hatred. Sometimes I find myself wishing that Christ could have been more of a comedian. One of those guys who have the talent of helping us laugh at our own foibles. Could not he then have “loosened up” rather than rigidifying the deeply unhappy? I don’t know. Perhaps they were too far gone and would simply have coldly replied to his best lines; “Did you say something?” Even so it’s a thought—and a reason on this Thanksgiving to be thankful for our abundant supply of comedians.

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