From Billy Joel’s 1977 song “Only The Good Die Young”

I’d rather laugh with the sinners
Than cry with the saints
The sinners are much more fun

Only the Good Die Young, Billy Joel

As most of you who regularly read my posts know, I enjoy humor, with some of it being quite biting or sarcastic. I have more fun with my non-member friends than with the few friends I have at church. If the Celestial Kingdom is anything like church here on earth, no thank you. I could have more fun sitting in my basement in sweat pants and clogs playing video games than going to church on Sunday. What happened to “and men are, that they might have joy”?

My mouth has gotten me in trouble too many times to count as a teenager growing up, and still does from time to time with my wife. There is so much more to me, but for you readers, you only get a small glimpse of me through me writing. So you might draw conclusions about me that based solely on my writing would be totally wrong.

I was reminded of this while listening to a podcast by Penn Jillette of Penn and Teller fame talk about the recent death of Bob Saget. Penn knew Bob, and understood that his raunchy adult humor was just jokes to get a laugh, and in no way related to what a genuine and kind man Bob was. Therefore the jokes did not bother him (and some of them were truly revolting) [1]. Penn said this was not the case of other comedians who he did not know well, like Andrew Dice Clay. Penn said he did not know him, so could not be sure his raunchy misogynistic humor did not reflect his true feelings for women, thus he did not enjoy his act.

This got me to thinking if some (or a lot) of you do not enjoy my posts because you do not know me, and cannot be sure I’m not the asshat I appear to be in some of my more sarcastic posts. I’m sure members of my ward that only know me as their former Bishop would be surprised by what I write here, just like lots of Bob Saget’s fans were surprised the first time they heard him tell a dirty joke. But that didn’t change who he was, just like my writing does not change who I am. I like to make people laugh, to think, and to maybe squirm a little when I teach a lesson on Sunday. I try to do the same here.

I write mostly for myself, and if any of you enjoy it, so be it. I can’t be this sarcastic in Church, so I tone it down. But here I can write to have fun. So sit back and laugh with the sinners!

[1] I was going to link to some of those jokes but thought better of it, as I did not want to offend the sensibilities of some of my more tender readers.