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I don’t seek to be entertaining when I preach because the real thing, the Word of God, is more valuable than entertainment. I thought this video was funny:
Even though this video is funny, it’s main truth is hidden behind humor: ghosts aren’t real. Whenever pastors or teachers try to get their hearers to enjoy the Word of God by adding entertainment to it, they produce a video like the one above. The main truth may be hidden behind their humor. The value of the Word of God is bound up in its Author: God Himself. We cannot encourage people to love the Word of God by giving them something else to love instead of the Word. When we add entertainment to the Word in a feeble attempt to get dead men, women, and children to love the living God, we communicate that God’s Word is as valuable as the truth that is hidden in the background of the video above. In other words, we appeal to idolatry to get sinners to repent from their idolatry. We tell them that God is valuable enough to forsake all things for, to live for, and to worship, but we use things besides God to encourage them to come to Him. We cannot expect to make disciples by prolonging our hearers’ idolatrous thirst for entertainment. If sinners are to truly repent, then they must desire God more than entertainment; they must admit that entertainment is not the gospel. As pastors and teachers, I fear that we make the gospel harder to believe when we seek to entertain our hearers. God is more valuable than entertainment…
What are your thoughts?
*For the record, I’m not saying humor is useless or impossible or even avoidable at times. I’m merely arguing that in a culture where we entertain ourselves to death, we must be careful not to give our hearers one more reason to reject Christ. If we are not very careful, our hearers will accept our humor, but not our Jesus.