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Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:9-10
Wait a minute, is God opposed to laughter? Is it more godly to have a look on your face that would freeze water?
I don't think so...
James is referring to people who have a backwards view of humor. Christians who make the temporary pleasure of sin the source of their happiness, and get 'bummed out' when they think of spiritual things. Their love of the Lord stops cold when it makes demands on their 'pet sins'. So God is essentially saying: "Look, you need to change your attitude, because sin isn't funny- it cost the life of my Son".
Take a look at the examples below, you might catch a better glimpse of what James is trying to communicate.
Are you laughing?
Funny how I can be more worried about what other people think of me than what God thinks of me.
Are you thinking?
Oh wait...maybe all this isn't so "funny" after all.
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