You know that JK Wedding video I linked to yesterday? If you’ve watched it over at YouTube I don’t know if you’ve also had a look at the comments? I’m pleased to say that the vast majority are positive responses wishing the couple well. There always has to be at least a small proportion of dissenters in any situation however and in this case just one or two nasties stick out like a sore thumb amongst the general goodwill. It seems some people have been deeply offended by this behaviour…in a church.
I wonder how we got to the stage that joy, laughter and fun have no place in the Christian faith.
I read some years ago that traditional Irish dancing (think of Michael Flatley…he of the Riverdance) came about because it was deemed inappropriate and unseemly in a deeply religious society to fling one’s arms about when dancing. I don’t know if that’s true but I can well imagine it. The constraints, rules and regulations imposed upon those who ‘follow’ is one of the reasons why I moved away from organised religion some years ago. Those rules are always, I think, of human origin, not divine.
At a time when congregation numbers are falling I’m just happy to see a couple making their commitment to one another in a church and doing it surrounded by people who obviously love them, making it an occasion of absolute joy. I can’t see any higher being finding that offensive. Surely? That is a reaction reserved solely for what I think are misguided humans – humans who have come to believe that joy and laughter have no place in a church.