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sarcasm: a Christian perspective

Okay, so I have sort of a satirical side to my blogposts from time to time. My sarcastic humor does come out at work occasionally, but it was not until recently I came across the fundamentalist idea that sarcasm was a “sin.” Here’s for example this post by a Thomas Umstattd. But I think that anyone after weighing the Bible’s witness, I must say that what the writer Thomas Umstattd is promoting legalism. Just because he does not understand how something works within the biblical narrative, and because there’s an overuse with a practice, does not in anyway make sarcasm a sin. If I may, one of my favorite stories growing up (and still is) is the story of Elijah confronting the hundreds of prophets of Baal. In 1st Kings 18:27, Elijah is LYING to the prophets of Baal, he ponders, “Is Baal using the restroom? Maybe he has fallen asleep?” In this instance, between the believing audience (us) and Elijah, we know that Baal is just an idol. In the context of confronting idolatry, Elijah insists on using sarcasm to get his point across. This is a man inspired by God, who is carried away in the chariot of fire. The Bible is filled with other stories that involve wordplay and riddles, men of God using mockery and we US American Christians work so hard to sanitize this. God sends lying spirits in the Old Testament. Our God is sovereign, our God is free to use whatever genre He chooses to confront the Enemy. God cannot be contained–which is the goal of legalism. In the moment that Elijah was confronting the prophets of Baal, was he insecure? Nope. Was Elijah demonstrating good leadership? Yes, and he was confronting bad leadership. More importantly, Elijah was not using sarcasm against the persons of the prophets of Baal, notice that. He was critiquing their ideas. So when sarcasm is used to cut at a person personally in their representation of God’s image, that is mockery, and that is wrong and sinful. Yet when sarcasm is used to criticize ideas, this is okay, it is biblical. Lies as Mr Umstattd said are indeed the language of Satan, but so also are half-truths. Truth can be delivered in the form of irony, especially since TRUTH is a Person, the 2nd Person in the Trinity (John 18:37-38). So when one examines the use of saracasm, it should be utilized against problematic ideas that oppress people, for instance.

For more Christian perspectives on sarcasm and its usefulness, see for example this article by Rachel Marie Stone from Christianity Today’s Her.Meneutics: In defense of sarcasm.

Not from THE ONION: Newt Gingrich Is Running For President

Newt Gingrich

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“If Thomas Edison invented electric light today, Dan Rather would report it on CBS News as “candle making industry threatened”

“You can’t trust anybody with power.”

“It is impossible to maintain civilization with 12-year-olds having babies, with 15-year-olds killing each other, with 17-year-olds dying of AIDS and with 18-year-olds getting diplomas they can’t read”

“If the Soviet empire still existed, I’d be terrified. The fact is, we can afford a fairly ignorant presidency now.”

 

As a newly anointed king of all federalists, I cannot think of any nightmarish era than the 1990s, with Clinton’s triangulation and the “Radical” Republicans.  I must admit, as a middle-schooler, it was quite entertaining watching the two parties go back and forth.  Sadly, this news is not from the Onion News Network.  Newt Gingrich is running for president in the 2012 primaries.  I could care less about his private life, just about as much as I care about Obama’s birth certificate. The issues and policy preferences SHOULD be the focal points of political dialogue.  I find Newt’s campaign funny because he is running as a small-government conservative (in what universe, seriously?)  This has also been one of the worst kept secrets that it boggles my mind why Newt was ever hired at Fox News in the first place.

It is not time for an ignorant presidency, but there is always time for ignorant presidential candidates.

 

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Oh, and please do read: THE 11 CRAZIEST THINGS NEWT GINGRICH HAS EVER SAID

Or, if you do not mind, indulge HIS VIEWS ON RACE.

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