Who says Christians don’t have a sense of humour? With all of the chaos in our world today, it’s important to find ways to relax and not take things too seriously. And what better way to laugh than to look through some Christian memes? Here are five Christian memes that actually have a biblical basis so you can laugh and study your Bible at the same time!
1. The Old Testament Prophet Elijah vs. the Prophets of Baal
Where you can read the story: 1 Kings 18
The Old Testament book of 1 Kings was written to both record Israel’s history and teach spiritual lessons from history. Prophets and kings are featured in this book and it’s also where we meet the prophet Elijah, who brought about God’s justice on King Ahab, who ruled northern Israel. Throughout his ministry, Elijah performed many miracles but the dramatic one is found in 1 Kings 18, where Elijah faced off with false prophets on Mount Carmel. The stakes? The first prophet to make it rain was representing the One True God. The twist? There had been a drought for the past three years.
2. Isn’t this good advice?
Where you can read the verse: Jeremiah 17:9
“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?”
In a world subscribing more to humanism than Christianity, we hear a lot about how the self is superior to anything spiritual or divine. Humanism chiefly believes that humans are, at the core, good. Christians believe that humans are sinful, but God makes us clean. This is through the death and resurrection of Jesus, who defeated death and sin and was punished in our place.
3. But what about if I don’t want to?
Where you can read the verses: John 15:12-17
“This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. This is my command: Love each other.”
Jesus’ command to us to “love one another” seems simple on the surface but is difficult in practice. It’s easy to love people we like and agree with, but what about those who believe different things or have opinions that are opposite of ours? What then? There’s no way around it, we’re told to love each other just as Jesus loves us.
4. A case of rose-coloured glasses
Where you can read the verse: Isaiah 14:12
“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!” (KJV)
The Old Testament book of Isaiah names Satan as Lucifer, a Latin word that means “light-bringer.” This name isn’t found elsewhere in the Bible, which leads biblical scholars to wonder if “Lucifer” was Satan’s name before his fall from heaven.
5. How did you do that?
Where you can read the verses: 1 Corinthians 14:3-4
“But one who prophesies strengthens others, encourages them, and comforts them. A person who speaks in tongues is strengthened personally, but one who speaks a word of prophecy strengthens the entire church.”
When most people think about prophecy they think of those who prophesy future events. While this is sometimes the case, prophecy’s main purpose is to communicate God’s message and provide encouragement, correction and insight.