The following Bible passages all have something in common – can you spot what it is?
The LORD said: Because the daughters of Zion are haughty and walk with outstretched necks, glancing wantonly with their eyes, mincing along as they go, tinkling with their feet, therefore the Lord will strike with a scab the heads of the daughters of Zion... (Isaiah 3:16-17)
Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? (Matthew 7:3-4)
As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves! (Galatians 5:12)
The answer, in case you’re still wondering, is satire. We hear Isaiah mocking the ungodly “daughters of Zion” who love to parade their wealth, we hear Jesus poking fun at the hypocritical Jewish leaders, and we hear Paul making some cutting (pardon the pun) remarks about the Judaizers in Galatia.
Satire, mockery, sarcasm, and so on are more common in Scripture than we often realise. For although satire, like any form of writing, can be used for ill, it can certainly be used for good purposes too. And one publication that seems to me to get the balance exactly right is the online newspaper the Babylon Bee.
Billed as “Your Trusted Source For Christian News Satire,” the Babylon Bee is the brainchild of Christian comedian and cartoonist Adam Ford, whose cartoons have become famous over at www.adam4d.com.
The Babylon Bee is an equal opportunity offender, poking fun at the follies and foibles of Christians (that’s right, people like us) from all over the spectrum – charismatic and conservative, Calvinist and Arminian, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Baptist, in fact, pretty much everyone.
It encourages us to laugh at ourselves (I particularly enjoyed the recent headline, “Ford Introduces 40-Passenger Van: ‘The Homeschooler’”), as well as to reflect on some ways in which we still have quite a lot of space to grow up as Christians (“Motion-Activated Lights Turn Off During Presbyterian Worship Service”).
There’s also the occasional (appropriately) barbed word directed at the foolishness of the unbelieving world around us (“Culture In Which All Truth Is Relative Suddenly Concerned About Fake News”), along with some no-holds-barred treatment for some of the more unsavoury “Christian” leaders whose money-grabbing antics deserve exposure (“Puzzled Kenneth Copeland Discovers His Ministry Is Non-Profit”).
Take a look for yourself at www.babylonbee.com.