Humorless Liberals And Dour Leftists

You know, it’s funny.

I keep hearing from critics that I have no sense of humor — that, like the stereotypical all-too-earnest liberal, I’m so busy being offended and trying to change the world that I can’t see past my furrowed brow to laugh at life’s little ironies, chuckle at some of the inherent silliness of our culture, or snicker at bumperstickers that joke about the death of the President.

Yep. That’s me — a poster child for the truly pinched and proper.

Still, I’m actually a pretty witty gal. Years ago, before I decided to embrace a life of dour liberal seriousness and drab fundamentalist fear of the zany, I did a bit of standup and improv. I wrote a rap song about boogers for my 2-year-old son. I even got asked to leave a La Leche League meeting once for not taking lactation seriously enough. And my kicking off our July 2007 KRFP live radio debate by proposing, then rejecting, a 10-round cage fight between Doug Wilson and myself was, I dare say, every bit as engaging as his reading of Christ Church’s activities in the community.

So rather than having the man — the church elder — who posted the death-of-Obama bumpersticker joke snap that I have no sense of humor, let’s acknowledge instead that a mature sense of humor is both vibrant and discerning. Without the former, it’s all just an object lesson. Without the latter, the heartiest guffaw can reveal the hardest of hearts.

3 Responses to “Humorless Liberals And Dour Leftists”

  1. Ashwin says:

    Wit or the ability to do standup comedy is not a measure of good humour. George Carlin did stand-up for a living and was acknowledged to be the best of his type. But he was a bitter man and the dullest peasant gently goading his ox had more sense of humour than him.

    A sense of humour is not defined by the quality of the intellect but the condition of the heart. A clean heart is full of good humour. The ability to enjoy every moment of life. Not to laught at life’s ironies but to delight in them. It enables a man to delight in his neighbour. It is a blessed man who has a good sense of humour.

  2. And I believe that a man with a clean and pure heart would not use the Scriptures in a joke calling for the death of the President. But hey, that’s just me.
    Keely

  3. Ashwin says:

    It is not just you. Your reaction is typical of a leftwing worldly mentality.

    Fortunately for you, you have the Spirit working in you able to cleanse you of it. You should pray about it. You will find He is faithful.

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