Which is better: to be happy or to be sad? I know, silly question. What kind of nut would prefer to being sad to being happy? A while back, Rachel Dratch, on Saturday Night Live, brought us "Debbie Downer" - the character who would bring bad news or bad feelings to an otherwise happy occasion. The first skit she appeared in was with Lyndsay Lohan, Jimmy Fallon, and other "family members" having breakfast at Disney. While they ordered breakfast, she talked of Mad Cow disease. They talked about seeing Tigger, she talked about Roy of Sigfried and Roy being attacked by a tiger. While they watched fireworks, she went on about feline AIDS. Her theme song says it all:
You're enjoying your day, everything's going your way / Then, along comes Debbie Downer! / Always there to tell you about a new disease / A car accident or killer bees. / You'll beg her to spare you, "Debbie, please." / But you can't stop Debbie Downer!
Debbie Downer was so funny because we've all been around party poopers. But back to the question, which is better? Is it better to be sad or to be happy? Actually, there was a man who said it was much better to be sad than to be happy. No, not the Debbie Downer kind of sad. A much different kind of sad. A deeper kind of sad.
That man taught us that when sin entered the world, it severed our relationship with God, bringing about our spiritual death and the spiritual death of those around us. But the worst part of this separation is that more often than not, we're not even sad about our sin.
After recognizing our spiritual bankruptcy, it is only natural to feel contrition over our sin. Those who are distraught over the havoc caused by sin will have the salve of Christ's death and righteousness applied to their consciences. According to that man, Jesus, these-and these alone-will be comforted.
He said, "Those who mourn are blessed, for they will be comforted."
I hope you find comfort today.