In this article about Christian sex questions, i.e. what the Bible says about sex, there is a list of “the ten things God forbids.” Number nine is all about “obscenity and coarse jokes” ~ or, as I like to call it, “humorous irony”.
In Ephesians 4:29, Paul says, “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth.” The Greek word for unwholesome is very descriptive and literally mans “rotten” or “decaying.” In Ephesians 5:4, the Bible warns us to avoid “silly talk” or, as it is called in some versions, “coarse jesting.” We have all been around people who can see a sexual connotation in some innocent phrase and then begin to snicker or laugh. This is wrong. However, this does not rule out appropriate sexual humor in the privacy of marriage, but rather inappropriate sexual comments in a public setting.
Using the mouths of Greeks to clarify a word while disseminating The Word is just too funny! Especially when number three on the list of God’s forbidden things is homosexuality ~ and we all know the Greeks have a history in that department. (A far better history too, I might add.)
Of course, the fact that I find this funny ~ and am blogging it in public ~ is precisely the sort of obscene and course behavior these particular Christians are talking about. But then again, I’m pretty proud of finding the sexual connotations, innuendo, and even puns in the most innocent things… Especially when I can make others snicker or laugh. In public or private.
Guess I’m going to hell.
But then again, I believe in a God who loves sex. That god, I’m pretty sure, actually exists. I know I am lucky enough to say his name every time my legs are spread.
I’m pretty darn sure that god has a great sense of humor too.