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Comedy in Church denigrates Christianity says Laila St Matthew-Daniel

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Comedians Basketmouth and Koffi, cracking jokes in Church
Comedians Basketmouth and Koffi, cracking jokes in Church

In Nigeria, pastors are paying comedians to make jest of God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and the Holy Bible in a bid to fill their pews and keep their followers laughing. They even pay secular musicians and celebrity actors to attend church just to maintain a banal facade of success.

These comedians abuse even the pastors that hire them. They stand on their pulpits and make their followers laugh at them. Sheepishly, the pastors laugh too, and they pay their jesters handsomely from the tithes and offerings they collect from their church members who hardly ever wake up from the humor stupor.

All this is weakening Christianity and making Christians the laughing stock of all. This funny fester is not limited to the church arena. It is all on social media – YouTube, Facebook, etc.

Laila Jean St Matthew-Daniel, a Nigerian-born Lebanese women’s rights activist and writer, on Monday December 5 condemned commercial church comedy and those who pay to encourage the unholy habit. She posted her views on Facebook along with similar views she found relevant.

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Laila St Matthew-Daniel
Laila St Matthew-Daniel

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COMEDY IN CHURCH MEETINGS AND EVENTS

I want to address Christians –  all denominations – this morning without prejudice!

For a long while, I have questioned the inclusion of comedy in Church events. What do I question? The fact that the (hired) comedians are allowed to make jokes of scriptures, the blood of Jesus, speaking in tongues, the throne of grace etc.’ Yet we sit there and laugh.

What are we laughing at? What is funny? Mocking God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and the Holy Bible is funny?

We hear of other religions where they are obsessed with protecting the image of their Leader and we gleefully allow people to mock our Leader JESUS CHRIST and the Holy Spirit and thereby indirectly mock God! They look at us with disdain because we are bad ambassadors of our Faith!

Lukewarmness and cynicism have crept slowly into the lives of us Christians. We pull ourselves down publicly, abuse leaders of the gospel with glee, mock certain commandments of God. Yet when we run into trouble, who do we call upon? God! Of course.

The Bible has already stated that towards the end times, there will be mockers of the gospel and preachers doing wrong. Why are YOU allowing yourself to be one of them (mockers of God)?

We come on Facebook and spew curses and abuses – mock the commandments especially when it comes to forgiveness issues and honour of parents etc and we go to church and lift up hands and voices… To WHO? (The same God we MOCK?)

We say things like – God is in control! Amen! It is well! Praise God etc but do we honour Him with our words and actions?

I was thinking of all this since Friday when a comedian was allowed on the stage at the EXPERIENCE to use a scripture in the Old Testament as foundation for his jokes! I laughed also but later felt badly convicted and I decided to speak out – then this morning I received the message below via WhatsApp and I said – somebody feels the same way I do. It is long but worth reading…

ANONYMOUS POST ON MY WHATSAPP

I was brought up under a very rigid church atmosphere (such that) to humor during a sermon was almost like a sin.

Then came ‘knowledge’ and we felt we had become too religious. Somewhat and somehow, we threw away the baby with the bath water.

We introduced fun into church services; from dance steps to many other things.

“To the pure all things are pure” we quoted. What we failed to see are the side effects of entertainment – Lightness, Looseness, Loquaciousness… and the spirit of lasciviousness prevailed.

Then the latest miasma… COMEDY!

Sadly enough, recently I laughed at one of such comic instances and quickly, I checked myself.

“Are you losing your mind?” I asked myself.

(Comedians on Church pulpits actually crack at the spirituality of everything that the Holy Bible holds hallowed and hollow them).

They crack jokes about casting out demons; mock the speaking of/in tongues, gifts of the spirit, ministering angels; (paint a theatrical caricature of Judgement Day in heaven and they turn the pastors that pay them into mannequins that everyone laughs at) etc.

Yoruba people say “It’s a bastard who uses his left hand to describe his father’s house.”

We mustn’t be (bastards) so behaved.

We should know the importance of the things Christ purchased with His blood shouldn’t be used as comedy for all to laugh or jeer at.

A fellow told me, “Laughter is medicine for the soul” and I asked him: “The laughter needed, is it from a joke or joy in the Holy Ghost?”

There is nothing wrong in humor, but (we must) keep away the things of Faith. Like Paul admonished in Ephesians 5:4 “Neither filthiness nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.”

If your church members are carnal, don’t feed their carnality. Instead, feed their spirituality.

Those of us who believe these jesters and comedians are desecrating the altar of God should rise and oppose this when they are brought to your churches. Go meet the leadership in office and express your mind. Once we don’t create an atmosphere of seriousness and worship, what right do we have to expect the manifestation of God’s glory in our midst?

Jesters and mockers can go to (parties and) wedding receptions, and wherever. (But not Church; where their own souls seriously need saving). If you mock or despise holy things, you can still come under God’s judgment.

So there it is… What’s your stance? Will you join the revelers or stand against mockery in Church? I have said my own!

Laila Jean St. Matthew-Daniel
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