Most religious folks could stand to laugh more. Often, they’re either obsessed with their own personal holiness, or obsessed with the fight for social justice. And, either way, these attitudes don’t lend themselves to side-splitting humor.
Frederick Buechner once had a character in his novel called “the joking cousin.” A native American, that person’s task was to cut up the crowd when the crowd was getting too serious for its own good….sometimes in the midst of even the most solemn religious celebration.
During Holy Week, I don’t know if you’re taking things too seriously or not. But I know you might be.
So, here’s a “joking cousin” moment for you, called “Monster Truck Liturgy” that somebody sent me today…
There is no deep social and redeeming value to it.
But I bet it’ll make you laugh, and probably laugh hard, and that’s never bad.
I’ve just Googled “Monster Truck Liturgy” and found some info on its origins….
There’s this entry that tells the full story.
Apparently, it was produced by an actual Episcopal who goes to this actual church….although the ad has not actually been used officially to advertise the church. It was produced by a guy named Mike McKenzie, who has proved that Episcopalians DO have a good sense of humor.