It was nice of him to answer my question–but his ideas were truly out to lunch.
Back in 2010 I interviewed America’s Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. He shared with me his vision of year-round school, 14 hours a day… and virtually a total ownership of the people by the government.
That interview took place almost 20 years ago, and I wonder how much worse it’s gotten since then.
But the Bible is God’s word, we don’t have to listen to any little pipsqueaks who, for some inscrutable reason, made the church their career in spite of their unbelief. You’d they they’d be honest enough to give it up and go into used car sales or something.
It’s some 43 minutes long, but well worthwhile. And the short answer to the question, “Is Satire Unbiblical?”, is… no. In fact, it’s found throughout the Bible. Elijah and St. Paul used it very effectively.
What are the purposes of satire? It exposes evils that need to be seen as evils. It exposes foolishness that needs to be seen as foolishness. And it questions false authority that needs to be questioned. All of this is usually done in a humorous style, hopefully to make us laugh at the pretensions of the wicked and the foolish.
Throughout history, God’s enemies have presented themselves as wiser than God’s people, much smarter, worthy of our respect, people we should emulate–and obey. Because usually they’re trying to acquire power over others: it’s in their DNA.
So it really bugs them if we can show that, contrary to their claims for themselves, they are not wise but foolish, deserving of our laughter, sorry examples for anyone to emulate, and certainly unworthy of obedience. In exposing evil as evil, we do good. Satire can be used in God’s service to unmask lies and make them distasteful to us–because who wants to believe in something that’s demonstrably ridiculous?
We do a bit of satire on this blog. Every Friday Joe Collidge reveals himself to be an ass and his intellectual aspirations to be asinine. Let’s face it–a huge portion of what they, um, “teach” in our colleges is only so much garbage, much of it toxic. It deserves to be exposed. It deserves to be laughed at.
Once upon a time in Wales, bards would direct satires at kings and nobles who had done something or other that was unworthy of their high positions. As if being laughed at by their subjects wasn’t deterrent enough, it was also widely believed that a really biting satire would raise boils on the target’s face. An exaggeration, of course–but the business at hand was accountability. It was hard to get away with being a bad feudal lord if everyone was mocking you.
Satire can be a tool for goodness and truth. If it was good enough for Elijah and Paul, it’s good enough for us.
Jon Dykstra, of Reformed Perspective, did a wonderful job of interweaving some of my blog posts and some of my answers to his questions into a seamless, easy-flowing article. It first appeared in 2017.
Soon enough, I guess, thinking itself will be forbidden. You’ll have to state that you believe in Climbit Change. Because it’s part of the way communists control people, making them say things they know to be untrue.
Our country is now about to enter a dark tunnel with no guarantee of ever coming back out into the light. In the most shameful moment of our history, we have surrendered to a massive fraud whose perpetrators, our nation’s home-grown enemies, intend to murder our republic.
If God does not rescue us, we shall have no rescue.
If you get nothing else from Chalcedon’s message, at least get this: Your calling is your calling. You don’t have to be the pastor. You can sell cars, pilot an airplane, take part in a Bible study group, and even write fantasy novels: whatever it is, you can do it as a servant of the Lord, for His glory and Christ’s Kingdom.
Which makes us all, each of us, kind of important.
I don’t suppose I’ll ever be happy with the way I do an interview, but I try, I try. I’d much rather hear somebody fantastically famous and universally loved coming on the air in prime time to extol my books–but I’m afraid I’ll have to settle for… me.
I was especially gratified when he told me how his children loved Bell Mountain as he read it to them. They called it simply “Jack and Ellayne.” I think they were five or six years old at the time–way under the age of the target audience. But I’ve heard this a lot, over the years–mostly from adults.
Anyway, it’s an interesting article and I was very pleasantly surprised to find it available online.
(Editor’s Note: The following interview was done by Ernest and Giulio Gallo for Not Those Gallos Brothers! Magazine. These are excerpts.)
E&G: Have you settled into your job as contest manager for this blog?
E&G: We understand this is only the second interview you’ve ever granted.
BTQ: That’s true. The first one, the guy told me he was Col. Mustard from the Clue game and I believed him because he looked like Col. Mustard, and then he turned out to be some patzer named Henderson and all the other quokkas laughed at me for a week and went around calling themselves Miss Scarlet or Professor Plum, etc. I have to admit–it left scars. But I granted this interview because my Uncle Cedric thought it was the Gallo Brothers who make that wine he likes so much, and I just couldn’t disappoint him.
E&G: Who do you try to pattern yourself after?
BTQ: (thinking it over for a good five minutes) I guess the Sons of Hercules.
E&G: what do you like best about working for this blog?
BTQ: The hours are flexible, the pay is fantastic, I get to see all the cat and hamster videos I want, and I love the readers, they are cool! Also I get to go to New Jersey now and then and ride on the handlebars of Lee’s bike.
E&G: Do you think Australia will ever have a quokka as prime minster?
BTQ: (dives into burrow. Won’t come out. Faint noise of him blowing a raspberry at the interviewers).