I’LL ADMIT, I CANNOT FIND THAT OUR SAVIOR GUFFAWED anywhere in the Bible. It’s an assumption. I figure that since he wept, he must have laughed. And, don’t forget the minor fact that Jesus was not only 100% God but also 100% man, therefore, he also experienced the same emotions as we do. I will never forget a painting I saw that was hung in a little gift shop at a Christian retreat center picturing a small group of smiling kids kicking a soccer ball—and Jesus was in the middle of them, laughing and shooting a goal with them.
Yes, God has a sense of humor. In fact, he created it. Want proof? Look in the mirror.
Christians from time to time need to look in the mirror and laugh at ourselves. The satirical website, “The Babylon Bee” helps us to do that by poking fun at Christians and Christianity in general, in a biting and very humorous way.
I first learned about satire as a sophomore in high school in a class cleverly named “Humor and Satire.” I was informed about the 18th century writer Jonathan Swift and his infamous pamphlet called, “A Modest Proposal,” which stirred up a hornet’s nest of opposition when he proposed that the solution to Ireland’s bad economy and overpopulation and starvation problems was to simply have poor people sell their children to the rich so that they could cook and eat them as food.
Little did I know that in my formative years growing up in the 60’s as a pre-teen, I was already having my appetite whetted with this type of humor as an ardent fan of Mad Magazine (“Humor and Satire and Stupidity and Stupidity”), then later, National Lampoon, and afterwards, as a born-again believer, “The Door,” and now, “The Babylon Bee.”
Satire is defined as “the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.”
The “Bee” does exactly that.
Read some if the titles making fun of silly trends in Christendom:
- “Man Carefully Selects Which of His Study Bibles Looks Best with His Outfit.”
- “Youth Pastor Forgets What His Hebrew Tattoo Means.”
- “Gridlock Reached as Two Men Both Certain God Told Then to Date the Same Girl.”
- “Jaws of Life Needed to Remove Worship Leader’s Skinny Jeans.”
If you think the titles are funny, wait till you read the actual articles.
Particular faiths get no mercy either:
- “Local Baptist Careful to Fully Immerse Chik Fil-et Nuggets in Honey Mustard Sauce.”
- “Church Disappointed to Discover That Man Speaking in Tongues Actually Just Exchange Student.”
- “Presbyterian Man Escapes New Church Once Hand-Clapping Starts.”
The easiest and best targets though, are the TV preachers:
But they really hit home when I was the target.
The musical artist Prince had just died, so I wrote an article about him as well as other celebrities passing into eternity in 2016. Then “The Bee” came out with this: “Man Capitalizes On Death Of Prince To Clarify He Wasn’t Prince Of Peace.”
Now, that’s just going too darn far!