This video doesn’t do anyone any good. It only looks vindictive. No matter how off the original might be, a better response can be found here:
Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.
—1 Peter 3:9
I hold Dan in high enough regard that I was actually tempted to remove the previous post and have been thinking about it for the last couple of hours (since reading it around 6am this morning). That post is still up, although I remain troubled by Dan’s comment. Which leads me to ask some questions?
Is sarcasm, satire, parody or even a video mashup (that is sarcastic or an attempt at parody) appropriate for Christians? In this context, was it appropriate for emehgingchuwch to poke fun at (or perhaps skewer) lucaslabrador’s ill-informed comments on the Emerging Church – by editing lucaslabrador’s statements in an obviously out-of-context manner to parody said comments? And do Peter’s strong words in First Peter apply here?
In light of the scriptures, perhaps Peter had Paul in mind when he wrote 1 Peter 3:9. Maybe he was commenting on Paul’s letter to the Galatian church where in chapter 5 Paul sarcastically recommends that the circumcisers (who frustrated the skubalon out of Paul) should go all the way and emasculate themselves.
I do believe that the power of parody and satire is in their ability to highlight truth – and this power has been practiced as an art form by enumerable Christian artists including two of my favourite writers, GK Chesterton and Evelyn Waugh. (Not that I am in any way suggesting emehgingchuwch is in the same league as these two writers.)
Which still leaves me asking the question from Dan’s response – was emehgingchuwch’s video mashup an appropriate response to lucaslabrador’s The "Emerging Church?"
Perhaps, though, I suffer for not listening to Dan’s good advice. But then, as Chesterton put it,
I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.
What ever success that might be, in my case.
UPDATE: Dan engages in the comments.