Humor and What We Watch

                Here is a conversation I have had with multiple unrelated people.

Me: “So how was the guest speaker?”

                Person who must not be named: “Good”

                Me: “What was it about?”

                Person: “Uhm, well. The Christian life… and such.”

                Me: “What about it?”

                Person: “Uhm, well I don’t really remember.”

                Me: “Then how do you know if it was good?”

                Person:“It was funny. J”

               

A comment that I used to make about programs like, The Big Bang Theory, and How I Met Your Mother,

                Me: “I know it’s pretty crude, I don’t recommend it.”

                Good friend: “Then why do you watch it”

                Me: “I know I know, but it is sooooooo funny!”

 

                The UnHoly Grail of Humor

                Last post I talked about choosing what we watch and how it affects our mind. Everything in culture affects us, whether we like it or not. So why do we as Christians often allow ourselves to watch or be around negative influences? Often times the excuse is humor. “It is so funny!” is used to justify why we watch material that is on the edge, at best. “There is nothing funny out there that is clean.” Is claimed as an excuse; a really poor excuse at that.

                Is humor worth spoiling your mind? My answer is no. When we laugh, we are more likely to remember what was said. Also, we let our guards down as to what is said. We laugh; we don’t critique. Because our guards are down, we just subconsciously learned something. Now it is not that one joke can’t just be a joke. A joke may be harmless, I will be quick to point that out. But often, when it comes to television programs, it is never just one joke. The humor on television programs usually remains fairly consistent in their content. That way viewers know, to some degree, what to expect.

                All I mean to say here is that when you are choosing what to watch and what not to watch do not let humor influence your decision. If a program is unwholesome, it is unwholesome; humor doesn’t make up for it.

                Also, remember that there are plenty of programs that were funny without being crude just a few decades ago. Gilligan’s Island, Green Acres, The Munsters, I Dream of Genie (I am talking purely humor and ignoring her choice of garb at the moment), The Adam’s Family and others. Hollywood primarily produces movies and series that make money. If we as Christians want more comedies that are not crude, then we need to not watch ones that are crude. May, just maybe if all 246 million Christians in the United States[1] only watched good movies and television shows, just maybe Hollywood would change. Will you put your money and time where your faith is?


[1] Note, I don’t find this number very accurate or convincing. The 64% that claim being affiliated with a church (9% less than the 246 million listed) seems a bit more accurate.

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