Pastors and Stand-Up Comedians

Stand-up comedian, Chris Rock, said:

I stopped playing colleges, and the reason is because they’re way too conservative.

In their political views?

Not in their political views — not like they’re voting Republican — but in their social views and their willingness not to offend anybody. Kids raised on a culture of “We’re not going to keep score in the game because we don’t want anybody to lose.” Or just ignoring race to a fault. You can’t say “the black kid over there.” No, it’s “the guy with the red shoes.” You can’t even be offensive on your way to being inoffensive.

Jerry Seinfeld also recently said:

“I don’t play colleges, but I hear a lot of people tell me, ‘Don’t go near colleges. They’re so PC.’ I’ll give you an example: My daughter’s 14. My wife says to her, ‘Well, you know, in the next couple years, I think maybe you’re going to want to be hanging around the city more on the weekends, so you can see boys.’ You know what my daughter says? She says, ‘That’s sexist.’ They just want to use these words: ‘That’s racist’; ‘That’s sexist’; ‘That’s prejudice.’ They don’t know what they’re talking about.”

Christians, who claim that the PC culture is persecution, might want to rethink the charge. PC culture is just really dumb.

The people who are most hurt by PC rules, and restrictions on freedom of speech, are on the ends of the spectrum. Most comedians are known for pushing the boundaries. For telling jokes that make us uncomfortable, often demonstrated by our laughing.

Comedians who tell off-color jokes will be knocked out.

On the other end of the spectrum are those who speak about holy things. Thus the restrictions on the freedom to express religious opinions.

Pastors and stand-up comics have a lot in common, sometimes even on purpose. We’re both looking for reactions from people. We’re both trying to shock you. We both depend upon spoken language to accomplish our goals. Both get pounded on by hyper-sensitive types.

This is one reason why I am against censorship. Yes, it would be nice to get rid of porn and nasty stuff on the airwaves/cablewaves, but they’ll also knock out the end I’m on.

I’d rather allow freedom and let both sides duke it out. Yes, this means coexisting with evil, but the Bible implies that reality.

People have lost their sense of humor. Both secular and religious people are hyper-sensitive. It makes sense that secular people would be–they are defending themselves and their own ideas.

Christians, however, should be the least sensitive people on the planet. Maybe that didn’t sound right! We should be sensitive to other people’s pain, but we should not be hyper-sensitive about being offended.

The Bible is pretty clear about what to expect in life, it doesn’t sugarcoat things. We know that, in the end, our side loses down here. Paul said if you were to avoid sinners, you’d have to leave the world itself.

We are to keep ourselves unspotted from the world; we have no charge to keep the world unspotted from the world.

If eternity is what the Bible says it is (eternal), and God is truly who we have our faith in, I really do believe that calmness would be the logical outflow.

Relax. Stop being offended by words. Put your assurance in better things. Set your affections on things above. Seek first the Kingdom. Place your treasure in heaven where no one can mess with it.

When we do these things, calm and peace result. Hyper-sensitivity is proof of no faith. There is little faith on secular college campuses, thus there is plenty of hyper-sensitive people. That’s how it works.

Don’t turn the church into that.