I do not watch Saturday Night Live. That is because for over forty years, since its inception, SNL has mocked biblical morality and whenever the opportunity arose made Christian values laughable. As a Christian it does not deserve my attention.
But SNL got many people’s attention recently when it lampooned the movie God’s Not Dead 2. Some within the Christian community were offended and have spoken out. I decided not to join the whining, in part, because SNL’s cast does not need to worry about offending me; their concerns lie with another.
Solomon tells us, “Fools mock at sin,” Proverbs 14:9. It is what people who do not know God do. For them God is not revered; he is a punch line. I am not surprised when unbelievers act like unbelievers. That’s their nature. It is like the GEICO commercial tagline, “It’s what they do.”
Rather than being offended, I am saddened. A jocular attitude towards sin removes the gravity of sin’s nature and effect, and blinds us to its consequences. That is why the Scriptures teach it is foolish to joke about it. With God sin is no joking matter, with SNL sin has been a joking matter for decades.
That’s what they do, what should we do? What should be the Christian response?
I like what David Siekbert wrote, “At first I was very upset, not necessarily that they ‘spoofed’ a movie that I’ve been personally involved with, but that they would blatantly make a mockery of God” he goes on to say “Here’s my take on the whole thing-SNL does skits on things that are making waves in our society (i.e. politics, social issues, etc…)…I believe they have just added attention to this film that might get people curious as to what this film is really about.”
I think that reflects a better attitude than some of what I have been reading. We certainly should not revile those who profane what we hold sacred. Peter enjoins us to follow Christ’s example who “while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously,” 1 Peter 2:23.
If Jesus did not speak ill of those who were in the very act of crucifying Him, should we speak ill of those who mock the things we believe? Haven’t we been commanded by Jesus Himself to love our enemies and to pray for those who persecute us? We only need to continue doing what is right and ignore what others think about what we do. Leave the whining to those who are confused about the truth.
Sometimes the greatest statement we can make is a silent resolve to continue to do what is right in the face of incessant ridicule, ignoring the taunts and trusting our Father. In this way we will “not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” It’s what we do.