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Monday Morning Medicine

The original “Smart Board”

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“A cheerful heart is good medicine.” Proverbs 17:22 NLT

The School Report
Son: “Daddy, I have to write a special report for school, but I don’t know what Politics is.”

Father: “Well, let’s take our home as an example. I am the bread-winner, so let’s call me Capitalism. Your Mum is the administrator of money, so we’ll call her Government. We take care of your need, so let’s call you The People. We’ll call the maid the Working Class and your brother we can call The Future. Do you understand son?”

Son: “I’m not really sure, Dad. I’ll have to think about it.”

That night awakened by his brother’s crying, the boy went to see what was wrong. Discovering that the baby had seriously soiled his diaper, the boy went to his parents’ room and found his mother sound asleep. He went to the maid’s room, where, peeking through the keyhole, he saw his father in bed with the maid. The boy’s knocking went totally unheeded by his father and the maid, so the boy returned to his room and went back to sleep.

The next morning he reported to his father.

Son: “Dad, now I think I understand what Politics is.”

Father: “Good son! Can you explain it to me in your own words?”

Son: “Well Dad, while Capitalism is screwing the Working Class, Government is sound asleep, the People are being completely ignored and the Future is full of shit.”

4 Responses to Monday Morning Medicine

  1. John says:

    Wow, the dollar sign in “$hit” really softened the impact of the crassness of the joke.

  2. JR Woodward says:


    Well the joke is not as crass as the reality it describes and the reality many live in. We need an alternative economics, one that reflects the kingdom of God better, at least those of us who acknowledge Jesus as Lord. As Will O’Brien reminds us, “When we truly discover love, capitalism will not be possible and Marxism will not be necessary”.

  3. John says:

    JR, I hear you (and agree more or less with what you’re saying)…just thought the dollar sign to soften the word “shit” was a little strange. You obviously meant to shock with the joke, so why not just own up to the crassness of it all? Let’s say it seemed like you were polishing a turd. 😉

    I do think there can be a time and place for shocking crassness – seeing Ezekiel run around naked or eating his food cooked over a dung fire was surely not a pretty sight, for example.

    Yet the difference between that and this joke might be found in it not being meant as “dirty humor” (“coarse joking”) but rather as a serious call to repentance.

    Just a thought, I don’t mean it in any mean-spirited or judgmental sense.

  4. JR Woodward says:


    I got you. I miss understood your first statement. I’ve unpolished the turd. lol.

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