Robbed Hell: A Satire

Posted: April 5, 2011 in gospel, humor, Jesus, theology, video

Check out this hilarious (but deadly serious) spoof of Rob Bell’s infamous intro video for his new book, Love Wins:

Commenting on the appropriateness of satire in Christian exchange, Doug Wilson (who posted the video on his blog) writes,

When conservative critics throw ineffective darts the defenders of the (still intact) balloon don’t have to worry about the propriety of the humor. It is when parody does its job, to use James White’s descriptive phrase, that compromised teachers who have a demonstrable and real contempt for the authority of Scripture suddenly discover that their ideal Sermon on the Mount is filled with marshmallow clouds and sparkly rainbows, with the foreground filled with little blue Christian smurfs hugging each other. Can’t we teach whatever the heck we want and still get a hug? Why can’t we? That’s what we want. And what we want is the god of the system, but that’s another topic.

But every orthodoxy uses humor on the outsiders, and every group of outsiders uses humor on the orthodox. This is the way it is in the world as God governs it, and this reality does not exclude Jesus and the holy apostles. When it came to Pharisaical balloons, Jesus and His righteous pin set some kind of a record. Archeologists in Jerusalem are still finding little bits of plastic. Whether it is an appropriate use of satire or not is a question of truth and righteousness, and if you belong to a faction of the church that wonders what those are, then all you are doing is using your seminary degree as a device for blowing up balloons.


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