A Warning on the Enticement to and Deadly Danger of Sarcasm

(HT: Steve Weaver)

My attention was directed to this old panel discussion (from the 2000 Ligonier National Conference) this weekend by a Facebook Post from Steve Weaver. I thought that Piper’s comments here were insightful and wanted to pass them along. More than insightful, they are incredibly relevant for how sarcastic, razor sharp dialogue has become a primary vehicle of disagreement among a large subset of Evangelicals who write publicly.

What’s the main difference between me and Jesus? I am a sinner.

Does Jesus use sarcasm? Yes.

Am I liable to savor my own cleverness while sinfully tearing down those I disagree with, no matter how wrong they are? Yes.

Piper sums up: “You can’t exalt Christ and commend yourself as clever… there need to be more obvious tears in [our corrections].”

Take give minutes and watch the video for yourself from 24:03 to around 29:25.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s