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Speaking of JESUS

Speaking of JESUS


May 09, 2021: Episode 94 | Speaking of Satire

The message that sparked the conversation ... Seriously?.

Satire is the technique of using irony, wit, or sarcasm to draw attention to foolish or wicked behavior. The prophet Jonah seemed to be pretty good at it. Join us to hear more.


Discussion Questions

(1) "Satire" is communication that focuses attention on abuses or distortions within a people group, which, due to habit, insiders might overlook. Share an example of satire directed against Christians (e.g., Ned Flanders in the Simpsons, Monty Python's "Life of Brian," or Babylon Bee "news"). If you need examples, check out these:

(2) When does satire become offensive, whether to yourself or to others?

(3) React to this statement: "If you're offended easily then you're taking yourself too seriously." If you mostly disagree, explain why. If you mostly agree, where would you draw the line on the relationship between how seriously we take offense and ourselves?

(4) On several occasions, the Bible uses satire, both against idol worshipers (see 1 Kings 18:27 or Isaiah 44:9-20) and against God's own people (see Matthew 7:3 or 1 Cor 4:8). Also, the Book of Jonah has been called "satire," because the main character is made to look ridiculous through his own words and actions. Note: saying Jonah is satire is NOT saying it's fictional—history can also be written with a satirical tone. As you listen to the entire account of Jonah, focusing on chapter 4, what's a word or a phrase that stays with you?

(5) Listening to this, what are you getting to know more deeply about the God and Father of Jesus?

(6) How is this good news for you, today?

(7) Reflecting on this, what would you want to say to people?

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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