We are made in the image of God. We can see that this world would be paradise, if it were not marred by sin and the curse. In a similar way we can see part of the image of God in humour that is not perverted and degraded by the ungodly. This godly humour did not come about as a result of the fall. This seems obvious, but it can also be seen in Scripture, for example, when Jesus lists joyous laughter among the blessings from God. Luke 6:21b … Blessed [are ye] that weep now: for ye shall laugh.

Even God jokes around a bit!

Matthew 23:24 [Ye] blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

Job 41:5a Wilt thou play with [leviathan] as [with] a bird? …

Humour is a critical part of good mental health and fitness; nutrition and exercise for the mind. It is a powerful defence against despair and pessimism. Levity is a restful break from tragedy and grave thoughts. It is therapeutic for mind, body and soul.

Proverbs 17:22a A merry heart doeth good [like] a medicine: …

2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

From the context, who are “us” to whom God has given the spirit of a sound mind? It is those of us who are of unfeigned faith in our Saviour Jesus Christ. As Christians, we won’t shy away from humour in this project, as if it were beneath us, unspiritual, or unclean, yet we will be careful to use it tastefully, and not shamefully. Good humour is not the only ingredient for a sound mind, but it is vital.

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