Hollow Humor

Steve Martin at the premiere of Baby Mama in N...

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I love to laugh.

There should never be any doubt that I enjoy humor. As a matter of fact, my love for humor has not only gotten me through some difficult times, but it has gotten me into trouble. That is why I truly wanted to see, live and in person, comedy royalty, a legend……

Steve Martin.

Wow! I couldn’t believe I was actually in the same room with “the Jerk,” the “wild and crazy guy!” It was such a thrill, even after the sticker shock and buyer’s remorse that followed purchasing tickets. After dinner at my wife’s favorite restuarant (to make her happy), we had skipped desert, walked in the rain, choked through some guy’s smoke in front of the entrance, and found our place within a stone’s toss of living, comedy genius. It was awesome!

For the younger readers, Steve Martin is the white-haired guy in The Pink Panther, and the upcoming movie with Jack Black and Owen Wilson, The Big Year.

Well, instead of going around doing comedy, Steve Martin is touring with The Steep Canyon Rangers and playing bluegrass (Steve Martin is a scorching banjo player). But along with an all-original set of music sure to please the mountain music lover in everyone, Steve couldn’t help be the funny man. We’re not talking about joke-telling funny, just simple, natural humor. Even though the adults over 30 would have loved to hear him sing “King Tut,” he kept the humor conversational, never once putting on a pair of bunny ears or an arrow-through-the-head.

The Sad Part…

Even though I love comedy and music (even bluegrass banjo), the greatest love of my life is Jesus. And even though Martin was great and really worth the ticket price, it could have even been better had the One I love been invited.

A legalist would say that any music that is not religious is sinful. The legalist would not have enjoyed Steve Martin. On the other hand, a “recovering” legalist can enjoy what is beautiful and “good,” albeit not religious in nature. It’s just that no matter what it is, if it is void of Jesus, regardless of its quality, there’s something missing. It’s sorta like ordering your favorite food, only to notice that a key spice is missing. Adding a key ingredient after the fact is not the same as sprinkling on a little salt.

That being said, for what it’s worth, the following video is pretty darn funny; but sad at the same time.

The big reason why I listen to Christian music is not because I have to – I want to. Even though music and art of all types, including comedy, is ok on the surface, without Christ at the core, it rings hollow. What are your thoughts?


Filed under Culture Wars, General Observations, God, Uncategorized, worship

5 responses to “Hollow Humor

  1. Nicole

    The only thing I can add to this is…I couldn’t agree more. 🙂

  2. SteveC

    I really can relate to your thoughts here. As a music lover, I also appreciate great musical talent. You used the word “sad” to decribe your reflections about great performances or performers void of Jesus. I too share that feeling.

    It is a deep sadness I feel when I am moved by the artistic genius of an artist of any kind, then realize that this artist refuses to acknowkedge the Creator who made him in His image. God has gifted him with the creative talent to make his art. Without God, a meaningless,unconscious process could never produce conscious beings capable of producing meaningful art. How could the elementary particles in a chaotic universe eventually produce a symphonic masterpiece?

    I praise God and thank Him whenever I hear great music. All that is truely good and excellent is from Him. I just cant wait for the time in Heaven when our musical abilities will be free from our imperfections and we become enabled to make music greater than any we’ve ever heard on Earth!

  3. heather joy

    LOL that song was hilarious!

    I do enjoy a good Steve Martin movie from time to time – but not quite as much as Vin Diesel. :] ha.

  4. I don’t know if Steve Martin is an atheist and this song was mocking them or reveling in that fact. I didn’t see the whole concert so I don’t know what if anything was said about his faith or lack of faith. This is what I DO know….21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Matthew 7:21 I am compelled to pray for those who do not know Him. And Pray I will. I love to laugh as well, for it is a good medicine…and delight in the songs that give give praise to God…but I tap my foot and wiggle my toes to dueling banjos or “I saw the light’ by Hank Williams. If there is a conviction in my heart when I listen or watch or read something that God says is distracting me from Him, then I move away from it. As long as my focus remains on His hearts desire, and no conviction comes… then I laugh with the best of them.

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