Occasionally I’ll make a stop on Todd Starnes’ Facebook page (he’s a Fox News fella that writes about religious topics and has a radio show) to see what the latest thing that he’s is stirring up the Christian right about. It’s always something about how Christians are being persecuted and discriminated against.
Even though I am a Bible thumping, right wing conservative, I often do not agree with his take on things. It often seems as though he is making a huge deal out of something that is not terribly important. It seems as though he is working to rile up the Christian right…I guess that’s how he gets paid, but it just seems wrong to me. Today was no exception, but it struck me so much I had to blog…
Apparently Saturday Night Live did a skit where they are mocking Jesus. I watched it, it’s distasteful, and I didn’t like it. That’s not where I found myself disagreeing with Todd, or those commenting on his page. It’s the actions they’re suggesting that I disagree with, and in fact find extremely ironic.
There’s a Facebook page linked that’s called “SNL mocks Jesus and Christians stand united to say Unacceptable.” Here’s what it says in their “about” section:
“Christians stand up for Jesus! Do not allow others to mock our Lord and Savior! Let’s let SNL and NBC know that we refuse to let them make Jesus a joke!”
That just strikes me as ironic.
What this group would have us to is to get mad, and rage against SNL and NBC because they mocked Jesus and the crucifixion…except that Jesus, the one who WAS mocked, beat, spit upon, and ultimately murdered didn’t rail against those doing it. In fact, as I recall reading it, He actually said, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (You can read it for yourself in Luke 23:34).
So what if, instead of getting all mad and threatening a boycott, we act more like Jesus when the world ridicules Christians?
What if we displayed the love and grace of Jesus?
To suggest otherwise just seems to ironic to be true.