Yesterday Anita and I attended the funeral of an old friend, Rev. Jimmie Olinske. Pastor Olinske used to pastor in Ray, Indiana, right on the Indiana/Michigan border, and then in Marion, Indiana. He once told me there were three spellings for the European surname ‘Olinske’. Germans/Autrians spell it -ski, Russians spell it -sky, and Polish spell it -ske. Pastor Jim was Polish and he loved to tell Pollack jokes. As a matter of fact, he loved to tell any kind of joke. He just made life fun. As we passed the casket to pay our final respects, my wife commented, “Good-bye, my jolly friend”. He was always jolly.
Now, the Bible is silent on whether there is laughter and fun in heaven. Most of what we read about heaven is pretty serious stuff. But laughter and fun are a quality of the soul, and the soul is distinct from the body. Since Pastor Jim’s soul is in heaven with Jesus, I’m convinced there will be laughter in heaven with Pastor Jim there.
What do you think about it? Do you think there will be laughter in heaven? Why or why not?
Tags: death, heaven, laughter
Everyone loves to laugh. Really funny comedians are hard to come by. Most of the jokes they use are so canned they’re really not funny. And, up until recently, comedy in church was an absolute no-no. Christians considered God too serious a subject to take lightly. Its more godly to fight than laugh.
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld stepped into this cultural stigma and made it big. He once said that the downfall of every comedian was success. Success makes you hide behind ivory gates, he said, and separates comedians from the real world real people live in. His advice to comedians is that they must remain connected to the everyday world to find humor in their own lives.
Could it be that the same is true of Christians? Are we hiding behind ivory gates (stained glass windows)? Are we so separated from the world around us that we can no longer understand its pain and have lost the ability to speak truth into lost lives? That would not be a laughing matter.
Tags: hiding, humor, laughter, Seinfeld, success
Reporter Chuck Shepherd of United Press Syndicate, reported, “In San Antonio, a man was sentenced to ten years’ probation for a bungled burglary of a liquor store. The burglar had cut his hand badly when he broke through the roof of the store. He tried to throw a bottle of whiskey out through the hole he had created but missed, causing the bottle to fall to the floor, shatter and set off an alarm. He then fell onto the broken glass, cutting himself again. Reaching the roof for his getaway, he fell off, leaving his wallet on the sidewalk. He also left a trail of blood from the store to his home, just around the corner.”
I wonder if the angels in heaven were laughing like that at me before I came to Christ. It seems that everything I did led to one more defeat in my life, just like the man above. While I was crying, perhaps they were having a good laugh. Do you think the angels might be laughing at your set of choices, or rejoicing because of the right choice you made with Jesus? Think about this today.
Tags: humor, laughter, sin