Martin Luther said that joy is a serious matter. But he didn’t mean miserable. Grumpy. Sad. He meant we should take joy seriously. The heart of the Christmas message was joy for all the people.
Barth insisted that if theologians aren’t doing their work with joy, then they should quit.
Joy to the world! Why so serious? I know there are terrible things being said and done, but there are ways to challenge and even change these things with the foundation of the work being joy rather than sadness. It has something to do with trust. Hope maybe.
So for 2014, I intend to continue enjoying myself as I engage in the lively theological discussions we’re having around the globe.