Trouble is, he made that invitation to the wrong person. "No," we admitted. "I only know the clean ones."
Whether you're at the poker table or in a workplace, this advice from the Bible could come in handy:
But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becomes saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient; but rather giving thanks. - Ephesians 5:3-4 (KJV)
Some people look at verses like this and conclude God hates any kind of fun - far beyond a poker game, maybe even joke-telling. But this is another case where a change in Bible translation makes a big difference....
Nor should there be any obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. - Ephesians 5:4 (NIV)
We're led to think the emphasis of this warning is against "X-rated" language and humor. After all, the Bible shows God sometimes laughs. Really.
...But the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming. - Psalm 37:13
Some of the things which make God laugh might surprise you. We did a Bible study about that several years ago, when we wrote comedy to make a living. Well, we tried to write comedy. These days, we feel more likely to make money with a straight than a punch line -- but we'll throw in a one-liner at the table from time to time.