Confession: I love heavy dramas.
I love Breaking Bad and House of Cards. I enjoy several shows on HBO and also many heavy movies. It’s not that I don’t like comedies or lighter fare (I really do!), it’s just that I’m Reformed and these shows validate total depravity.
But I need to laugh. I need to enjoy the lighter side of life, enjoying fun for fun’s sake, and reveling in the God who is the epitome of joy. While we have a moral obligation to act happy* for the sake of others, we have a moral obligation to embrace joy and happiness even in the darkness.
Joy, as CS Lewis once noted, is the serious business of heaven.
As Christianity Today wrote concerning the ascendency of Jimmy Fallon to The Tonight Show, Fallon brings fun, silliness, and joy to the cynical side of comedy. Instead of hammering people and laughing at them, Fallon reminds us to laugh at ourselves. And that is pretty refreshing!
As the Preacher in Ecclesiastes reminds us, there is a time for anything and everything.
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
Friends, let’s remember to laugh even if we are serious about total depravity.
*see Dennis Prager for more on this.