(Proverbs 24:9 KJV) The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.
I am going to make an assumption. You want to avoid “sin” (2403b). At least I know that is one of my goals. In some areas that requires no effort. I am not tempted to steal. I have no plans to build and worship any false images. We all have things we don’t struggle with.
I am not so sure when it comes to “thought ” (2154) of “foolishness” (200) (devising of folly NASB). “Foolishness” (folly NASB) is immature stupidity. It is horse play. It is practical jokes. It covers a lot of ground in the area of humor and goofing off. Here I plead guilty.
The only wiggle room I can find is in the word “thought” (devising NASB). This word is a little deeper than our English equivalent. In the Hebrew it seems to carry the weight of evil intent. At the core of the action is a desire to create problems. This gets subtle, or we at least find it easy to ignore. The place it rears its ugly head in my life is in what I call “humor.” I joke a lot. Most of the time that is well and good but there are times when I know that I am really trying to get a dig in. That is when I cross the line.
So? I need to look at my motives for my humor. I need to ask myself why I am being “honest” and “open.” Could I really not help myself? I think I will know, if I am honest with myself. If I move ahead I am crossing into the area of sin. Is it just me?