Douglas Wilson on dirty jokes in church

We laugh at dirty jokes on the television shows we watch, but woe betide the poor idiot who tries to tell the same joke in the church foyer next morning. His sin is not the joke, which half the church enjoyed in the privacy of their own homes, but rather his unwitting exposure of their dishonesty. And that “sin” is never tolerated, not even in times of spiritual declension.

My two cents

Yes, how true. How people hate being exposed for who they really are. I think a similar thing happens when young children just blurt things out in front of adults.


Wilson, D (1999). Fidelity. Canon Press, Moscow, p. 14


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