Friday, June 12, 2009

Drop the comedy routines
Says Anglican bishop

Hat tip to Linda Morris, Sydney Morning Herald

God is no joke, says an Anglican bishop who has chided Christian church leaders who think of themselves as stand-up comedians and resort to making jokes during sermons.

The Bishop of South Sydney, Robert Forsyth, says there is nothing funny in "lame-fisted attempts" to crack jokes and be funny during services and church meetings. Humor has its place, but God and church, he says, is no laughing matter.

"I am frankly sick of 'leaders' ruining the atmosphere of the meeting/service and disrupting the focus on God with half-baked comic lines....Or they detract from my reflection upon some important point made in the sermon with smart cracks or attempts to make funny comments about the preacher or the sermon."

This, he said, interfered with the congregation's relationship with God.

Oh, that so many of our own priests and bishops would gets this message.

3 Comments:

Blogger Adeodatus49 said...

Interpret this to mean that Sunday worship as showmanship should be "out;" worship of the One Living God should be "in."

May the Good Lord bless this man abundantly.

12:47 PM  
Blogger Joe of St. Thérèse said...

Agreed, Fr. Comedy needs to leave.

2:18 PM  
Blogger TheSeeker said...

Yuck, I encountered some of that a few weeks ago at a local Catholic church. Even during the Eucharistic consecration!!! I shall not be visiting again.

12:06 PM  

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