These Guys are Pretty Funny!
One of the more subversive Christian sites currently on the Internet is the Babylon Bee. I was introduced to it via a few secular sites that focus on Conservative / Libertarian politics. If you are a Progressive of any stripe you’ll likely not appreciate their perspective. However, you may have to admit that they are pretty creative when it comes to critiquing politics and current events.
Their primary modus operandi is to take an opponent’s position at face value and then create overtly “fake news” articles that poke fun at their expense. As readers of this blog would expect, one of my recent favorites is Progressive Group Launches ‘Center for Advanced Ad Hominems’. Whereas my method is to seriously demonstrate the existence and destructiveness of this behavior the Bee assumes Progressive ownership of this tactic and then takes it to the logical (but credible?) extreme. The text is funny, but it’s the accompanying photo that seals the laughter deal.
One major theme is opposition to Postmodern/Progressive Christianity. As an orthodox Reformed Christian (i.e., when I vowed as an Elder to be guided by the historic Confessions I knew what they teach and meant it) living in the PCUSA I can’t avoid being regularly smacked upside the head with this theological perspective. So, when the Bee goes after the ensuing doctrinal and organizational insanity I fully admit to taking (guilty?) pleasure in the results.
An alleged draft of the creed, which was leaked to the press Thursday morning, reads as follows:
“The whole counsel of God, concerning all things necessary for his own glory, man’s salvation, faith, and life, is either expressly set down in our feels, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from our feels: unto which nothing at any time is to be added, whether by the Scriptures, church history, or theologians.”
“Thus, things that make us feel bad, those are wrong. The things that give us all the happy feels, those are true, right, and good.”
“At least, that’s how we feel at the moment, I feel,” she noted.
And, lest you assume that these Bees live in a ideological bubble-hive, I give you this “article” about then candidate Donald Trump.
“‘Has-Been Bible’ says I’m not a Christian, but that is a lie, folks. I am a tremendous Christian—the very best,” Trump assured the nation. “These numerous verses from the Bible—which, by the way, doesn’t even have the courage to address me by name—but these verses that try to paint me as somehow un-Christian, they’re ridiculous and false, and it’s pathetic, really. It’s sad!”
Pressed for comment, the Holy Bible released a one-sentence statement: “You will know them by their fruits.”
But wait! There’s more…it turns out that the Babylon Bee has waded into the doctrinal debate on salvation. Can that possibly be funny? Stay tuned.