“These people aren’t drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning!”
According to the second chapter of the Book of Acts, the idea to blame people’s crazy action on spirits rather than the Spirit is as old as the Church. I’ve always loved Peter’s response to the crowd because of how Anglican it is. First, there is an underlying assumption that by days end, yes, the disciples would be filled with new wine. Second, and more importantly, Peter employs the dry humor of a British comedy (think “Ab Fab” or “Are you Being Served”) to share the Gospel.
I think that a sense of humor is a key component to the spreading of the gospel. Without the ability to laugh, especially at ourselves, the Good News of Jesus can sound sanctimonious and smug. The truth of the matter is that faith in Jesus Christ is sort of a crazy thing. We believe in a Triune God who had so much love within the Trinity that they created the whole universe. We believe that that God’s love continued to overflow onto the human race with which a special relationship was formed and through which the whole of creation would be blessed. We believe that even when human beings screwed that relationship up over and over and over and over and over and over and over … and over and over and over again, God worked to restore that relationship again and again… you get the point. We believe that in the supreme act of love, the Second Person of the Trinity became a human being and lived, died, rose again and ascended to the right hand of the Father in order to once-and-for-all set things straight. We believe that God continues to work in this broken world through the Holy Spirit to bring about the Kingdom of Heaven in every corner of the globe every single day. And perhaps the craziest thing, we believe that God uses people like me and like you to spread the Good News of his unending love.
Maybe we are all drunk on the Spirit. Heck, its already 9 o’clock in the morning.