An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Hostile Humor

(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?


Gorges Smythe said...

I was hit with a saying a few years ago that went, "If you think honesty is always the best policy, perhaps you've never tried silence." OUCH!

Pumice said...

There is another place in Proverbs that says something to the effect that a fool is thought wise as long as he keeps his mouth shut. That is why I prefer the role of the strong silent type.

Of course on a blog I can get carried away.

Grace and peace.