Please No More Corny Jokes!

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For the last week I’ve been posting a lot of corny jokes on social media. I mean – A LOT.

I’m sure it’s caused some to unfollow or mute me. That’s fine – it’s your right to do so. Heaven knows I mute and unfollow enough of you. 😉

I’ve even hear a lot of people gripe and complain about the groaners. Yup – some of them are pretty bad…. No, wait – they’re all terrific, you just need to work on your sense of humor!

But I decided last week to be intentional about putting out a healthy dose (yes, I suppose the amount is debatable) of corny jokes. Last week I reached a near breaking point seeing “Christian” people go bananas, posting things filled with anger and venom. It was enough to make me ask, “Why am I even here?” I thought, “There’s gotta be something better we can do with social media than squabble and tear people down.” The Bible says:

If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. (James 3:3-6)

The Apostle Paul also writes:

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8)

No, corny jokes aren’t really honorable or just, but I think we can find a bigger principle at play in these passages. The stuff that comes out of our mouths (or social media posts, in this case) should be better than the crud we often see. I’d rather be known for corny jokes than for spewing angry and venomous rants about others. I want to dwell on praiseworthy and excellent things (and some of those jokes have been really excellent!).

So, for the time being, the corny jokes will continue. I’m sure I’ll reach a point where I just cannot do one more corny joke, but I want my contribution to social media to be one of laughter and delight, not anger and darkness.

The Bible Stinks at Math

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Well, not exactly stinks. It’s more the human side of the equation that bothers me.

The other day I saw some people debating this:

1611 is the year the King James Version of the Bible was produced. This nifty mathematical formula has randomly taken the year, split it up and multiplied it together to create a fictitious link to Psalm 119.

While not stated, the implication is that the 1611 King James Version is the true Word of God and all other Bibles are frauds.

This kind of math seriously aggravates me. There is nothing logical about it. I might as well say something like:

1611 KJV. 1+6+1+1=9. Genesis 9 is all about God making a covenant never protect and never destroy all humanity again.

It’s bogus. It’s assigning meaning to random numbers. There is nothing biblical about it. I’ve seen quite a few people talk about Bible codes and secret messages and meanings in the Bible. If you count every seventh letter (in the original Hebrew, of course) in the Book of ______ you’ll see a secret message from God…

Barf.

Here’s the thing – the Bible is special enough without secret codes and hidden meanings. The Bible is difficult enough without secret codes and meanings. Rather than making up bogus connections based on wonky math, let’s work on reading, interpreting, and applying the Bible to our daily lives.

How about that, huh? Let’s start there.

So next time you see someone posting about numbers in the Bible and making random connections, politely point out that such “interpretation” is full of…garbage.

This is me getting off my soapbox…

Related Posts:
The Bible Does Not Mean That! – Episode 1
The Bible Does Not Mean That! – Episode 2
The Bible Does Not Mean That! – Episode 3

The Gospel According to @Twitter

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Many Christians are familiar with the Easter Story from the Bible. We hear it at least once a year. But too often the stories in the Bible are too far removed from our present reality. They remain “other than” rather than being an integral part of our contemporary story.

For that reason, I asked a group to join me in retelling the Easter Story as it could have unfolded had the characters in the story had Twitter accounts. Since Twitter only gives you 140 characters, we had to be succinct in telling the story. Taking up additional character space, we also needed to identify the character and include #EasterStory.

Other than that, no holds barred. Twitter has a funny way of bringing out sentiment and thought in short, pithy statements. Some of our contributors were brilliant. Some were silly. But it put a great new spin on a centuries old story of grace, forgiveness, and redemption.

So here you go:

There you have it – the Easter Story in a nutshell. No, it’s not Scripture, but every once in while it might do us some good to try to see a story through someone else’s eyes. It can bring us to new insight and understanding on the most powerful and significant story in history.

Happy Easter!