I love humor.
I enjoy watching different comedians and seeing their jokes, personalities and the different stories they weave into their routines that is certain to embarrass one or more family/friends. Growing up, I was introduced to comedy through the popular cartoon Duck Tales. Which, if you never watched that show growing up in the 90s, you didn’t have a good childhood as far as I’m concerned. That and Power Rangers. And Batman. I digress.
After acquiring a taste for sarcasm, that’s what my own sense of humor became interwoven with. I’ve had to keep it in check sometimes because I can be blunt and/or harsh most of all the time. I learned how to use sarcasm wisely and slip it into conversations in subtle ways that only a few can pick up on. Unfortunately, I came to the conclusion that everyone simply just does not know how to interpret sarcasm. Some of those are fellow Seminarians. It can be heard vocally or read visually; people just cannot understand sarcasm.
I’ve gotten a couple of dirty looks and questions after my last Seminary Etiquette. Which is fair because to someone who doesn’t know me very well, or my sense of humor, they think I hate chapel. They probably think I hate seminary. There’s definitely some things I don’t like about seminary like: 15 page papers, book reviews and trying to learn the rules of the Greek language when they only apply every blue moon. Despite some of the things I don’t enjoy about seminary, that does not mean I hate seminary. Or chapel for that matter.
But most of what I say for Seminary Etiquette is sarcasm. It’s blown out of proportion. It’s ridiculous and out there. Why? Because some, not all, students in seminary are a little too wound up tight and need to relax every now and then. That’s what Seminary Etiquette is for: for those of us who can laugh at seminary life, whatever it throws at us, and move on. For those of us who don’t take life too seriously. For those of us that love Jesus and watch New Girl. For those of us that need to relax every now and then, especially when it’s “Get These Papers Done” season.
As always, if you don’t like Seminary Etiquette, or think I’m being serious, leave a comment. Send me an email. Send me a Howler. You know, a howler. That red envelope from Harry Potter. No? Oh, nevermind.
It’s okay to be a Christian seminary student and laugh. It’s okay to have a sense of humor. Mine is just a little more subtle, brash at times too, than yours probably.