(source) - God moves in strange and mysterious ways, and even clowns around some times. At least, some followers of a little known Methodist ministry like to clown around. A loosely knit group in Ohio known as "Clowns for Christ" are doing the lord's work with puppets as well as prayers. The followers' work revolves around performing for families and children. Dressed in clown costumes, members tell biblical stories with balloon animals, puppets and other props.
Judy Zyvith, who's been active in the group for 17 years, says their silly costumes serve to “break down barriers. You can do anything in a clown costume,” she told Vindy.com, adding that is, anything appropriate for church.
Yes, Christianity. Yes. What better way to appeal to the discouragingly atheist younger generation than by throwing fat people dressed up as terrifying clowns in their faces? To be honest, it's almost shocking that this is the first time this idea has been thought up. Break it down like this:
What do people actually fear? Clowns. What are people supposed to fear? God. So naturally, you throw the clowns out to the children so that they understand that these are just lovable, obese/crack skinny* folk and not nightmare fuel, while getting the sideshow freaks to remind the commoners about the fire and brimstone that the big guy can bring down upon them without a moment's notice. Kill one false idea, build up the truth. Quell the people's fear of fake silly things, reinvigorate the real terror inherent in our creator. That's just logical. And if there's one thing I know about the church, it's that logic always reigns supreme.
P.S. If you watched the video, try to not have a nightmare about Giggleblossom. Seriously, just try.
* Seriously, there are no in betweens for clowns. You're either a huge fat whale or Tyrone Biggums skinny. You find me a fit clown and I'll find you a talking mime. World just don't work that way.