Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Ministering to the generation of sarcasm

Skye Jethani has written one of those best-of-the-year essays on the generation of sarcasm. Skye sheds a lot of light the attitudes among the under-35 demographic and, even more insightfully, on how those attitudes arose. Most importantly, he calls on preachers to help disciples rise above the toxic swamp of sarcasm's underlying anger and fear.


Blogger Keith Brenton said...

It's a good read. Thanks!

7:25 AM, September 09, 2009  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

You're quite welcome, Keith. Thanks for reading.

11:29 AM, September 09, 2009  
Blogger nannykim said...

Well, that was an interesting read. It is a tough thing to think about because there is something about sarcasm many of us like...I think the Garfield comics and the Garfield cartoons helped me enjoy it. I need to think more about this--some can be light and humorous...some can be cutting. I think of when Jesus called the Pharisees white washed sepulchers it was very graphic , but it reminds me a bit of sarcasm. ...same with the illustration about the camel going through the eye of the needle (I know that probably referred to a special gate)....but I am wondering what you think about some of Jesus's phrases and statements? I think at times there is a place for it...granted Mark Driscol may want to be a bit more careful in some of his use of it..but I think it can be effective.

8:16 PM, September 09, 2009  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

I agree. Jesus definitely used some pretty stinging sarcasm, and I still think it has a place in the Christian proclamation. I linked to Skye's article because I think he makes a deeper point that some sarcasm comes more from a deep personal pain than a rhetorical tactic. I don't agree with those who say sarcasm has no place coming the mouth, pen, or keyboard of a Christian. Is sarcasm easy to abuse? Sure. So are computers, televisions, and automobiles, but each has its place.

5:09 PM, September 10, 2009  

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