April Fools’ Day
Well, I hope you survived April Fools’ Day without getting too badly pranked. Mitt Romney did not, his staff set him up to speak at a mock “event” where he was introduced only to come out to a totally empty room. It seems that poor Romney makes a good target as Forbes magazine, on their website, posted an article that he had quit the Presidential race and was endorsing Santorum. Several news services picked up this prank article and repeated it, not knowing it was a joke.
While I have never been a fan of the jokes of this day I must confess that there is something endearingly funny about a human befuddled by a prank; you can’t help but laugh. But I suppose I am as soft-hearted as I am soft-headed so my sympathy for the poor victim overcomes any humor rather quickly.
Humor seems to be a uniquely human characteristic. There is some evidence for something akin to humor in primates but in most other species anything resembling our humor is doubtful. I’ve taken that last statement off Wikipedia so if you are sure your house pet has a side-splitting sense of humor take it up with them, please. You might be able to convince me that cats have a somewhat malicious sense of deadpan humor.
But the ability and tendency to express humor lives in every human culture and often certain situations are seen as humorous across cultures. This convinces me that we are born with a sense of humor that comes from God. Perhaps victim-seeking practical jokers are evidence of the fall but humor itself can be said to come from God. This leads me to an odd question – what does God find funny?
There does appear to be humor in the Bible and a quite a few Christian comedians make a good living but does God himself find anything funny and, if so, what? I have this gnawing feeling that it is us, you and me, that he finds funny. Could it be that –
– He watches us earnestly trying to produce “works of righteousness” as if we are trying to earn his love and thinks we are adorably funny?
– He follows our contentious debates on issues such as predestination, where we act as if our very salvation depends on the right answer, and chuckles because he doesn’t care beans about us getting that answer right?
– He thinks our efforts to be dignified and holy and properly religious are sort of comical?
I have this hunch that one day when we get to heaven we will find, as C.S. Lewis said, that “the joke was on us.” And won’t that be something? Hey! What if this means that God will end the world on an April 1st so he can show us that he is the king of the April Fools’ Day jokes? I suppose it is as good an end times theory as any other.