A little while ago a friend of mine engaged me in something we called “a pun war”, named after the jokes we told each other. I would send him a joke (or “pun” as they are known) and he would send me one back. We collected quite a list, which included a few of my own invention.

How does Moses make his tea? Hebrews it!

Jokes about German sausages are the wurst.

Broken pencils are pointless.

At first I didn’t like my beard, and then it grew on me.

Field trip to Coco-Cola factory; hope there’s no pop quiz.

Why were the Indians here first? They made reservations.

Always go to other people’s funerals or they won’t go to yours.

Why is the wig-making business a lousy venture? Because everyone forgets toupe′! (I made this one up)

I once did a theatrical performance on puns. It was a play on words.

An army officer that was sprayed with mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.

I’m reading a book on anti-gravity; I can’t seem to put it down!

I got a letter from the doctor the other day and he said I had Type A blood but it was a Type O.

Did you hear about the guy whose whole left side was cut off? He’s all right now.

Seven days without a pun makes one weak

Did you hear about the guy who got hit in the head with a can of soda? He was lucky it was a soft drink.

When a chemist dies, they barium.

There are three types of people: those who can count and those who can’t.

The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

If at first you don’t succeed, don’t try skydiving.

Well, yesterday I stayed up all night waiting for the sun to rise. Then it dawned on me!

The roundest knight at King Arthur’s table was Sir Cumference; he acquired his size from too much pi.

I hit the gym the other day, now my car is totaled.

I know a guy who is addicted to brake fluid. He says he can stop at anytime.

A girl the other day said she recognized me from her vegetarian club . . . I told her I had never seen herbivore.

The man who created knock-knock jokes deserves a no-bell prize.

Of course we had a bunch of fun and laughs over them, as I’m sure you did, but I couldn’t help wondering, “is this kind of silliness really have a place in a Christian’s life?”

Of course, many would answer that quickly by saying, “Christians need to have fun sometimes.” And I do agree with that, to a degree. Christians should and can have fun, however, where is the limit? Should we spend 8 straight hours enjoying a theme park, or a lock-down laser tag game? Should we really spend so much time playing pointless games or watching pointless entertainment?

It is a question that is hard to answer, but God does give us an answer. Romans 13:11-14:

And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.

But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

Discernment is the key.

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