Sarcasm and the Kingdom of God?

I stumbled onto Dan Wilt’s blog tonight, while trying to track down an interview CD featuring Matt Redman.

He had a post entitled: Sarcasm & The Elevating Life (the comments are a good read, check them out).

I want to elevate people. Deep down, I really do.

Seinfeld was a comedy that affected a generation.

Everyone finds humor that is sarcastic, demeaning and laced with in-jokes and mutual defamation to be prized and enjoyable. I’m one of them, at least in part.

Today, I’m wondering if sarcasm and its single-parent, cynicism, has any place in a redemptive view of the world. From the AIDs crisis in Africa, to how I laugh with my buddy today, I’m thinking that I’d like to become less and less sarcastic, and more and more elevating to be around.

I agree with a friend that cynicism is a gateway drug to all things nasty. Sarcasm seems to me to be its ugly child, who is more fun to be around.

I’m wondering if an innocence of joy is attainable. That’s the way the Church, that believes a story based on broken Imagebearers and redemptive energy in the world, should be.

It really made me think…

I am a very sarcastic person. I can also be cynical at times.

Recently, Amy mentioned how she noticed that Mark and I can really rip into each other at times (which reminds me of the ripping flesh aspect of sarcasm mentioned in the comments of Dan’s post). I blew it off as “that’s just what guys do.”

Which is true.

But should it be what Christian guys do?

One of the things I value is authenticity- honesty and transpareny about who we really are. The danger of mixing that with sarcasm is that being open with people gives them ammunition for sarcastic and biting comments about you.

That doesn’t seem like it fits into the Kingdom of God very well.

Sure it’s funny and everyone’s doing it … but does that make it right, good, and profitable?

I think I want to start living a more elevating and less sarcastic life…