We’ve all heard plenty of examples of pareidolia, where someone “sees” a holy image in a stone slab or a piece of toast.
But have you heard examples of “parodeities” — “rock songs with lyrics altered to make them Christian” which are not necessarily funny?
Daniel Nester, an “aggressively secular” non-religious person went to a concert featuring the band ApologetiX. They’re a Christian parody band described as “Weird Al Yankovic meets Billy Graham.”
Some examples of their songs:
“JC’s Mom” (a parody of “Stacy’s Mom” by Fountains of Wayne):
JC’s mom has got a growin’ son
His bar mitzvah will be here before too long
JC’s not 13, but He’ll save the world for me
I know He might be young but time will come when JC’s grown
“Downer of a Sister” (a parody of “Chop Suey” by System of a Down):
Wake up, we probably should talk a little, Jacob
Why? Because there’s been a major shake up
Light the lamp they keep on the table
Yeah, you married me instead of Rachel
Anyway, Nester had a great time at the concert:
… At my computer, there’s a photo I took of one of the most bizarre merch-table souvenirs from my night with ApologetiX. It’s a button with an image of sheep singing “Baa! We’re Lambs,” the band’s parody of “Barbara Ann” by the Beach Boys. I show it off to people who visit, and most people don’t think it’s funny. Why would a Christian parody “Barbara Ann” be worth making fun of?
It seems to me that to make fun of something, to laugh along with the joke, you have to believe in at least part of its premise. Maybe my fandom of Christian parody is part of God’s grand plan to bring me back into the fold.
I think we have the topic for the next contest…
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