Let My Laughter Resound!
IS GOD CAPABLE OF TRULY EXPERIENCING BOTH ‘WEEPING’ AND ‘LAUGHTER’?
The fact that human beings are created to enjoy hearty laughter is, I believe, an indication that our Creator is pleased when we humans are (occasionally) engaged in laughter (that is, in laughter that, not only refreshes the one who is laughing, but that enhances and builds up persons with whom he is laughing).
Not cynical or sneering laughter – not laughter that ‘makes fun’ of another or that belittles another! That kind of laughter is below the dignity of a human being, and that kind of laughter reduces life to the ‘beastly level’!
Engagement in wholesome laughter is an expression of the uniqueness of the ‘human creature’. God created us in His own image, and that must mean that, because we humans ‘laugh’, we must be a ‘mirror’ of God Himself (that is, this phenomenon of laughter indicates that we, in some way, are like our Creator).
Admittedly, we humans tend to ‘create God in our own image’ but, because we are finite, we are in many ways compelled to think of God in ‘physical images’ and in ‘physical characteristics’. Of course, Commandment Two warns us against ‘making graven images’ to represent God. We can break this commandment by making ‘mental images’ of God, or by (crudely) making actual physical images to represent God. Either is a form of idolatry, and, therefore, we must guard against such an activity.
However, when we notice (in the Gospel record) that Jesus, during His earthly ministry, both ‘wept’ (explicitly stated) and ‘laughed’ (implicitly communicated), we can (by extrapolation) declare that God Himself (in some way) both ‘weeps’ and ‘laughs’! This assertion is based on the biblical statement that ‘Jesus is the Incarnate One’ who came from the Father, and that Jesus is the perfect expression and manifestation of the Father.
Amazingly, the Bible indicates that everything Jesus was on earth is what God has always been. In other words, the sinless character of Jesus is a perfect reflection of the character of the eternal Father. Like Father, like Son! Jesus is the perfect image and ‘manifestation’ of the Father.
Even though Jesus was confined (for 33 years) to a human body (with the limitations that were inherent in that physical body), yet what the invisible Father had always done eternally, the visible (incarnate) Son did on this planet. ln other words, when Jesus wept, His Father wept, When Jesus laughed (with the children on His lap), His Father was laughing!
Yes, it is true that the weeping and the laughing of the invisible God (Father) would likely be differently expressed by the invisible Father. But, simply because God is a Spirit (invisible and not ‘fleshly’), does not mean that He is incapable of expressing strong emotions.
The Father (as a Spirit) is capable of expressing His various emotions (including weeping and laughing) far more vividly and far more strongly than mankind is capable of expressing these same emotions!
If it is true that the two emotions that humans most feel – sadness (weeping) and gladness (laughter) – this basic observation indicates that these emotions are an integral part of what defines persons as, ‘unique creatures’ (who are created in God’s ‘own image’).
If it is ‘natural’ for humans to both be sad (weep) and to be glad (laughter), then this fact (logically) must mean that it is ‘natural’ for our Creator to both ‘weep’ and to ‘laugh’.
If we (in our ‘fallen state’) have the capacity to engage ourselves in ‘weeping’ and in ‘laughing’ that is wholesome (edifying to ourselves and to others), then we must conclude that this capacity is a ‘God-given’ gift to mankind.
Of course, man (the ‘fallen creature’) sometimes expresses these God-given gifts in perverted ways (rather than in wholesome ways). The expression of weeping sometimes is not productive to the one who is weeping.
Weeping ‘in and of itself’ is not always helpful, but, instead, is sometimes unproductive and futile. The Bible says that there is ‘worldly sorrow’ (tears) which leads to death, for the tears of regret and remorse do not, by themselves, lead to repentance for sins and to faith in Christ.
In a fallen race of persons, there are too many tears of regret or tears of remorse or tears of anger or tears of revenge. These kinds of tears are the manifestation of a ‘fallen human being’ – a person who has tears that reflect spiritual illness and personal alienation from God and from the human race.
Jesus’ tears, which were the visible manifestation of the invisible tears of the Father – these tears were perfectly expressed – at the right time, for the right purpose, and with the right outcome!
Just as it is possible for a ‘fallen creature’ to express his God-given ‘gift’ of tears in ways that are unhealthy and unproductive and destructive, so it is possible for a ‘fallen creature’ to express his ‘laughter’ in unhealthy and unproductive and destructive ways.
This ‘gift’ of laughter is meant to be an enriching gift, a gift that builds up others, a gift that enhances relationships, a gift that gives relaxation and diversion to one’s own self and to others who are in one’s company.
When one uses laughter to belittle or to embarrass another person, this ‘good gift’ of God is used in a despicable way – in a way that defames another who is made in God’s image. Laughter is misused when the reputation of God is defamed, or when the reputation of a fellow human is smeared!
God wants you and me to ‘see the funny side of life’, to smile at the oddities of life, to enjoy a good (‘clean’) joke, to laugh at our own (innocent) ‘slip ups’ and ‘blunders’ and ‘harmless accidents of life’! Most of all, God wants as to enter into His own laughter, namely, that, through Christ’s sacrifice, the ‘victory has been won’ – Christ’s victory over sin, death, despair, and the devil!
“Biblical Foundation For The Sanctity Of Human Life!”