I must admit that I enjoy Dave Chappell. As an African American woman, I think that his humor holds a lot of truth about race relations in the United States. He says things that many people are thinking but are too afraid to say and might be hurtful to say in a forum outside of humor. I also find him very funny.
I am a new Catholic, and I love the Church and I do not want to do anything that offends Jesus Christ. Yesterday, I popped in a DVD of the Chappell show to enjoy a skit that I thought was particularly funny. It was peppered with swear words and sexual innuendo, among other things, but I still found myself cracking up at it (though mentally recoiling from the offensive stuff). It was evening and time for evening prayer, and as soon as I left the living room and went to another room to start prayer I started wondering whether or not watching this type of show is something that offends God. It has been nagging at me ever since.
Since becoming a Catholic I have found myself drawn to God more and more and things that I used to just brush off as “fun” I have begun to question. Both my husband and I came into full communion with the Church together but my questioning of activities and shows that I used to “have fun with” in the past has put a strain on our bonding time, especially since he does not feel like there is anything wrong with them and I am just going overboard. I have found myself engaging in activities, watching shows and movies that I might otherwise abstain from just so that I don’t appear to have become a twenty something “fuddy duddy who doesn’t have any fun.” Being labeled this may seem innocuous enough, but it has caused real strife in my marriage.
How can I keep peace in my relationship, keep my sense of humor, and still honor God? Any thoughts on this would be much appreciated!