Danger of Satire

A steady diet of satire, which seems to have infected Christian social media during this election season, is soul-destroying, especially when one remains anonymous and especially when it goes on indefinitely about the same person.

Why do I say this? Satire turns the human gaze against others, even if at first in fun, and learns to hold Eikons, humans made in God’s image, up for ridicule and insult. It has its own way of becoming a cancer of cynicism, eventually eating the soul. I was a reader of The Wittenburg Door in its early years, and its impact was to turn people against other Christians.

Feasting on others such comes with a price. It is the opposite of godliness.

All one has to read is the story of Tony Hendra, called Father Joe. His own story of a life of satire has turned against him.

You cannot possibly live by the Jesus Creed of loving God and loving others and turn your focus to satire, especially anonymous satire, especially satire against Christians.

Impossible.

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