dude, lighten up. it's just jesus-oprah.
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So, i have a cold and i'm watching tv; i don't watch much tv which means i'm really not in the loop but anyway. kathy griffin is on and she's hilarious. she says something funny about Oprah and then she kids the audience and says "you're uncomfortable that i'm making fun of oprah!" which is funny ... because it's TRUE! we're all afraid to make fun of oprah -
a. because she's so good. so above reproach. so loving and giving. seriously. she's a force for good.
b. because she's so powerful and if you mess with her she could destroy you. smash you into bits. you'd never recover.
not that she would ever do that ... man who faked his memoir. but anyway.
i was just reading something about the movie "saved" which is a SCREAM and wonderful, and a commentator was observing that christians don't seem to have much of a sense of humor about themselves; that jews do, and sometimes catholics do (seen "dogma"?) but protestant evangelical fundamentalists? jesus, it's so serious. why won't these people laugh at themselves or god or jesus or anything?
a. because god is so good. so above reproach. so loving and giving.
b. because god is so powerful and if you mess with god (i should say "him" because this model always sees god as a male) god could destroy you. smash you into bits. hell time. boom. crack. ouch. but ... jesus' stories are often hilarious. i think he's messing with people's heads a lot. the book of jonah? a scream. abraham arguing with god about destroying a city, gideon hiding rather than be found by god, a LOT of things the prophets do ...
i remember the gasps once when i suggested in a bible study years ago that jesus wasn't all that sweet and innocent and that he was rugged and funny and while he sat around a campfire with a bunch of commercial fishermen and manual laborers they were telling jokes and farting and drinking. you'd've thought i ... well, committed blasphemy and was going to hell. that's not including the times i've reminded people that jesus went to the bathroom or had b.o. ... jesus saying "oh, wicked and perverse generation, how long have i to deal with you?" in my translation sounds like "holy crap you people are driving me crazy!"
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Jul 3rd 2007, by
Good post. We do ourselves a favor if we can learn to take ourselves a little less seriously. My wife is a pastor and deals with many serious issues, but we'd go crazy if we couldn't laugh at ourselves sometimes. I love the SImpsons charactures of Christians. Stereotypes yes, but funny nonetheless! (And we laugh because we recognize the characters in ourselves at time or in others we know.)