Speech, Satire and Grace (January 14, 2015)
Last week, Islamic terrorists killed several journalists that wrote for the French satirical publication, Charlie Hebdo. But when we think about satire, which holds up human vices and follies to public ridicule or scorn, we have to ask ourselves as Christians if it is a godly form of speech, even if it is protected by the First Amendment. That we have the right to use satire doesn’t mean it is right.
Proverbs tells us in many different ways that harsh words stir up anger but words rightly spoken are like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
Specifically it says that “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” In these violent days, speech seasoned more by grace than by satire may be the better tasting fruit.
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