(photo: ‘My Neighborhood Robot’ ©2018 by crisbaj)
Laugh or Cringe
The web site ‘Babylon Bee’, and their brand of ‘Christian Satire’, can be irritating,
Its a throw-back to the famous ‘Wittenburg Door’ monthly, and that self-analysis humor that came out of the 1980’s ‘Christian culture wars’ era.
However, this one recently popped up, and it really made me ask, as a ‘worship-leader’ -type, “what if God really took us at our word when we sing lyrics, and what MAY happen????”
It reminds me of the famous Annie Dillard quote,
“Why do people in church seem like cheerful, brainless tourists on a packaged tour of the Absolute? … Does anyone have the foggiest idea what sort of power we blithely invoke? Or, as I suspect, does no one believe a word of it? The churches are children playing on the floor with their chemistry sets, mixing up a batch of TNT to kill a Sunday morning. It is madness to wear ladies’ straw hats and velvet hats to church; we should all be wearing crash helmets. Ushers should issue life preservers and signal flares; they should lash us to our pews. For the sleeping god may wake someday and take offense, or the waking god may draw us to where we can never return.”
—Annie Dillard, Teaching a Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters (New York: Harper & Row, 1982), pp. 40-41.