I enjoy reading parody of the Christian world.
It helps me 1) get a fresh perspective on what people outside of faith think about Christians, b) learn what language non-Christians are tired of hearing, c) confront the image we are sending a very observant community, and d) laugh at some of the stupid things we might say and do. Some of it can be biting, frightening or even horrifying … so caution is in order. I’m not saying this is for everyone, but it is certainly for me.
Here’s a clip from this month’s issue of the Onion, an article on someone’s regret of being born-again.
Jesus must totally hate me.
I know that His yoke is easy and His burden light, but I can’t help feeling that I’m a big part of that burden. After all, the New Testament was written a couple thousand years before any of the Apostles came across the likes of me. In my Bible reading, I don’t recall Him ever saying, “Blessed are the boring, the losers, the wasters of space.” I know my Scripture, and I know that Jesus never said anything about the dumbasses inheriting the earth. Yeah, there’s only one set of footprints in the sand, and they belong to Jesus–bolting away from me at top speed.
Also there’s an article on a Save-A-Child sponsor that withheld his monthly $18 contribution from his Zimbabwean child, Mtumbe Chigumbura, in order to teach him a lesson in responsibility.