No Jokes Please - Poem by Richard Merrell
For there are many preachers
That show a comedy,
They also use theatrics
But it pulls no weight with me.
God's Scripture they mix with humour
And delight the simple folk,
Who when they leave the meeting say;
'What a funny bloke.'
But wisdom gives discretion
With understanding she doth speak
To keep man's mouth from rashness
If wisdom he will seek.
For I received wisdom's counsel
To me these words she spoke,
'Be instant with the Word and
forget about the joke.'
Ecclesiastes 5: 1,2
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