The Apostle Paul admonishes us to be diligent in our study and handling of the scriptures so that we might understand and communicate that which is “approved unto God” (2 Timothy:2:15). Again, this is serious business. When amusement, fun, and entertainment enter into handling the Word of God, no matter how sincere the attempt, the trivialization of the Word takes place. Moreover, an old-fashioned meaning of the word amuse applies: to deceive. Paul was concerned about such issues in the fulfillment of ministry when he wrote: “But [we] have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God” (2 Corinthians:4:2).
—T. A. McMahon