Should we not see that lines of laughter about the eyes are just as much marks of faith as are the lines of care and seriousness?--Helmut Thielicke, Encounter with Spurgeon (Fortress, 1963), 26
Is it only earnestness that is baptized? Is laughter pagan?
We have already allowed too much that is good to be lost to the church and cast many pearls before swine. A church is in a bad way when it banishes laughter from the sanctuary and leaves it to the cabaret, the nightclub, and the toastmasters.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then they said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.” --Psalm 126:2