Who's Gonna Laugh With Me?

Punch line The world may not.

And a dissonant heart is enough to make you want to cry. Especially when you're already miserable.

Paul says something very interesting in Romans (12:5). He says to "rejoice (laugh) with them that do rejoice and weep with them that do weep". Do I understand what he's saying here? I think this is a poignant reminder that we need to have our hearts attuned to our brother and sister in the Lord. Paul says in the next verse to "be of the same mind". I'm referencing this from the King James version so I'm sure there might be other ways of looking at this from other translations. Either way, the kernel of truth that Paul is expressing to the Christians in Rome is that we need to make sure our hearts are open and resonant with one another's.

The church atmosphere is interesting when looked at from an objective (not humanist) perspective: Here you have a bunch of people from all different backgrounds. A melting pot of race, age, gender, creed (denomination) and opinion. And what unites us is we believe on and in and love Jesus. We're also human beings, each and every one. And within the Bible is this understanding that we are loved by God. As we live, week-in and week-out within this atmosphere, our needs and dilemmas and issues (we all have them) may be brought to light. And we certainly want someone with whom to celebrate our victories. And this is what Paul is referring to. What happens if my brother or sister confides in me but doesn't find receptive ground within my heart? "Laugh with those who laugh, weep with those who weep." This isn't about being a chameleon and pretending to care when really you feel nothing. We need to validate our brothers and sisters, ladies and gentlemen. Jesus lived and interacted with every strata of society. He was open to everyone and met their needs as if they were the only person on earth. I'm sure that's how they felt. And this is the bridge: God wants us to know that if we were the only person in the world, He would have sent His Son to die for us. When Jesus touched someone He looked in their eyes and they just knew…

When we know Him and how he cares for us, we can show this to others. We can validate their feelings and struggles and help them through. And in honestly reflecting back to them what they need, it will in turn inspire them to continue on in their journey.

The world also needs this.

Are we in on it?