Careful, Pointed Humor
What most people didn’t seem to know about Spurgeon in his own life—and probably today still don’t know—is how funny the guy was. Many people meeting the great, zealous pastor would be surprised to find that we would just throw humor out at them. Friends said, “I’ve never laughed so much as when I was with Spurgeon.”
Therefore, we fight not just against the acts of sin, but against the disposition of sin to be melancholy, morose, gloomy, complaining, grumbling, and despairing.
Often, people meeting him for the first time would be a little bit wary of being in his presence and he would make a joke just to break the ice. He used humor quite carefully. He knew there was a danger that he could be too much of a joker.
One time he was in the pulpit, told a joke, and he ticked someone off telling that joke. He said, “If you knew how many I’d held back, you would have commended me, for were I not watchful, I should become too hilarious.”
Humor as a Weapon
He saw humor as a potential weapon of righteousness. Humor can lance pride, gloom, religiosity. He loved to mock our religious silliness. He loved to mock our pride. More than that, he saw that humor was a manifestation of the happiness we’re supposed to have in Christ. God is a happy God and would have his people be happy, he said.
Therefore, we fight not just against the acts of sin, but against the disposition of sin to be melancholy, morose, gloomy, complaining, grumbling, and despairing. Humor is part of his happiness. He’s fighting against that gloomy tendency of sin. He’s fighting to enjoy the happiness that knowing God brings.
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