Meant to be Funny or Just Sly Innuendo?

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Meant to be Funny or Just Sly Innuendo?

Think of it this way . . .

I enjoy a good joke about as much as anyone, but when so-called humorous remarks become derogatory and disparaging toward others, it’s another matter. We may also refer to it as a “put-down,” “slam” or “making fun of.” During his adolescent years, my son became indubitably proficient in the dubious art of put-downs. Public figures, those of another race, people with disabilities, or in a position of authority were vulnerable targets. Sure, they could be kind of funny, but they could also be belittling and degrading to those being targeted. By the way, my son matured into a caring, Christian gentleman.

Why would a grown adult, though, participate in such juvenile behavior and take cheap shots at others simply for their differentness? Trying to be funny? Or is there an ulterior motive? The author, G. B. Shaw, describes “a man who thinks everybody as nasty as himself and hates them for it.” How can so-called comedians criticize and run-down (in the name of humor) those serving in high offices of authority? How can a news commentator get by with disdainfully and publicly demeaning one who has been legally appointed to the nation’s highest office?

I understand that everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion, but isn’t finesse and decorum to be considered, especially by those whose professions require speaking publicly? When professional comics spews forth their venomous, unbridled and scathing ‘put-down’ to discredit the character of someone holding a respected government position, it seems they are going against the dictates of God Himself.

Among the instructions God relayed through Moses to the people was this one: “You must not blaspheme God or curse any of your rulers(Ex. 22:28). Elsewhere in the inspired Word, we are told to “respect all human authoritywhether the king as head of state, or the officials He has appointed(1 Pet. 2:13-14). God directs us to “submit to the government and its officers,” – that we “must not slander anyone,” but instead “be gentle and show true humility to everyone(Titus 3:1-2). Decent folks should seriously consider this. God, in due time, will handle the rest.

-John D.