Mon 7 Mar, 2005 08:46 pm
I sent this joke (which I found in our local newspaper) to relatives thinking they'd enjoy it, but I haven't heard back from them in more than a month. So, all you Christians... is this joke offensive? Do I owe my relatives an apology?
PS -- They're Methodist, I'm a lapsed Roman Catholic.
CHANGING A LIGHT BULB THE CHRISTIAN WAY
How many Christians does it take to change a light bulb?
Charismatic: Only one. Hands already in the air.
Pentecostals: Ten. One to change the bulb, and nine to pray against the
spirit of darkness.
Baptists: At least 25. One to change the light bulb, and three committees
to approve the change and decide who brings the potato salad, and another group to break off and form another congregation because some of the men allowed a woman to twist the bulb.
Roman Catholic: None. Candles only.
Presbyterians: None. Lights will go on and off at predestined times.
Episcopalians: Three. One to call the electrician, one to mix the drinks and one to talk about how much better the old one was.
Mormons: Five. One man to change the bulb and four wives to tell him how to do it.
Unitarians: We choose not to make a statement either in favor of or
against the need for a light bulb. However, if in your journey you have
found that light bulbs work for you that is fine. You are invited to
write a poem or compose a modern dance about your light bulb for next
Sunday's service, in which we will explore a number of light bulb
traditions, including incandescent, florescent, three-way, long-life, and
tinted, all of which are equally valid paths to luminescence.
Methodists: Undetermined. Whether your light is bright, dull, or completely out, you are loved. You can be a light bulb, turnip bulb or
tulip bulb. Church-wide lighting service is planned for Sunday. Bring a
bulb of your choice and a covered dish.
Nazarene: Six. One woman to replace the bulb while five men review church lighting policy.
Lutherans: None. Lutherans don't believe in change.
Quakers: None. The Inner Light is enough.
Amish: What's a light bulb?
That was hilarious. They probably haven't contacted you because they're still laughing.
(I'm stealing this...)
Really, Lash? Oh, thanks.
If they don't have any sense of humor, you owe them no apologies.
Thanks, CI, but I wouldn't want them to think I'm laughing at their religion. I just wasn't sure if it would do that, y'know? Folks can be so sensitive sometimes. <sigh>
I didn't find any of those even remotely offensive.
More like, clever and well thought out.
Two thumbs up :-)
I'm with paulaj, nothing even remottely offensive.
sorry for the sttttuter...my finger ain't working right.
Can't see how it might be offensive, but I'm also not a Christian.
Now, here, send this one.
Guy was bragging about how dovout his wife was. Church on Sunday's, prayer meetings most days in between. "Uh oh", his buddy said, "you gotta watch out for them Baptist preachers. They come around, lock up the hen house and sit on your wife's lap, cuz they like that chicken and they like that <you get the picture>. "No problem" the guy says. "He's not a Baptist anyway. He's a Methodist" "Uh oh," his buddy says. "Them Methodists is worse."
"Wait. I take that back. I don't know if Methodists like chicken or not."
That'un ought to get some reaction out of them.
I don't see it as offensive, piffka.
But, who knows?
Is this an offensive Christian joke?
Oops, sorry. I thought you meant the bible.
Now that is a good example of offensive. At least bordering...
See the difference? It insults just about every Christian denomination in one swipe.
As one who survived holy catholic Schools, I think
it is quite funny Piffka.
If they take offense in that, then they're no relatives of yours.
I also thought it was funny, Piffka, and I don't see anything offensive there.
Thank you Lash <bows> I do my best.
This is a great place to practice. Immediate critiques.
CJ... well, they're in-laws.
Thanks, everybody. I guess I'll write to them as though I have NOT offended them then, rather than starting out with an apology.
Sometimes I think the sensitivity level has been heightened and I'm walking on egg-shells. Speaking of which... I didn't quite get the chicken joke.
(jjorge, lurking about, peers in to see what all the chuckling is about)
Oh! hi Pif!
So-o-o-o-o... you're making fun of us religious people eh?
...having a good laugh
at our expense I see!
[size=7]Well, me too. I thought it was hilarious...ESPECIALLY the part about we UU's. Keep'em coming, we can take it.
I've got an equal opportunity funny bone, Jjorge...
I'll laugh at just about anybody.
I liked the UU's too... and thought of you. You!