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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Reverence for God

There's a fine line between reverence for God and disrespect. As a society, we have seemingly dulled those lines, and social media is a huge outlet for disrespect towards God. I'm not talking about the disrespect unbelievers have for God, rather the disrespect believers have for God.

Jokes are fun and good when they're not inappropriate, but I don't think Christians stop to think how inappropriate it is to make jokes about God and Jesus. I've seen jokes made in regards to Christianity and it's an okay joke, but then there's cussing in it. I've seen other humorous memes turning a Bible verse into modern-day teenage lingo. One of them said something like, "When things go cray cray, God's got my back." And then it was listed as a Bible verse. I saw Christian's laughing at it, thinking it was funny. It's not. It's completely disrespectful. These are just a few of many disrespectful memes and jokes about Christianity.

There are a couple things I've noticed about humor that make it disrespectful. First, any joke made about God or Jesus is going to be completely disrespectful. Don't say it or laugh at it. Second, any joke or meme that twists the words of the Bible or turns them into today's lingo is disrespectful as well. Third, playing games that joke about God and the Bible are probably disrespectful as well.

Before you crack a joke or post a religious meme meant to incite humor or sarcasm, think. Is it tasteful? Am I showing God the respect He deserves? God deserves our utmost respect. He is holy, and we should treat Him and the Bible with extreme reverence. When we joke about Him, we only reveal how little we know about God and that we don't really know who He is, otherwise we would fear Him. Isaiah 8:13 tells us that we should honor God and, "Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread." Hebrews 10:31 says that it's a terrible thing to fall in the hands of God, and this should be in the forefront of our minds when we speak. God demands and deserves our respect.