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Everyday Parables: Snarky Christian Videos

Tony Myles —  July 23, 2013 — 2 Comments

There is no shortage of content on the internet.

Case in point, check out this unique video that is a thematic mash-up of the old video game Street Fighter and the randomness of church ministry:

(thanks to David John Perez for the find)

If you’re like me, you’ll be laughing in an instant. I had a few moments where I couldn’t stop laughing, in fact.

Thankfully, the video is over seven minutes long. This gave me a little more time to think about what I was watching.

I’m all for laughing at myself as a Christian. There are plenty of resources that provoke this, such as media that mocks how church can seem like a Starbucks to great blogs like the one Jon Acuff writes. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s walked away from such creative content and thought, “I’m so glad to know I’m not the only one who thinks it’s odd that we slap stick-figure fish on our vehicles, and then war it out with evolutionists by making our fish eat their mockery of our fish.”

So back to the video – as I was having fun enjoying the archaic video game sound effects over mass healing services, I was reminded…

those are healing services.

People with real afflictions came in to seek something from God.

They’re desperate. They’ve been given little hope everywhere else.

Granted, in my right mind I wouldn’t go to such stage presentations that seem more theatrical than spiritual. Then again, am I right in my mind about that? If my kid was sick and I heard a guy was coming to town who has a reputation for healing, would I endure the hot stage lights and his hair-sprayed helmet head so my son or daughter could know the touch of God?

“Hadouken!”

(that’s “Street Fighter” for “Amen!”)

What do you think – as we circulate these with our Christian friends or share them with youth group kids…

are we doing more good than harm… or more harm that good?

I’m sure there will be some quick replies on this, and we may even toss out classic ideas like “Balance… everything in moderation.”

So before you answer, consider:

But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” (Jude 1:9)

But among you there must not be… obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. (Ephesians 5:3-4)

Tony Myles

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Tony Myles is a youth ministry veteran, author, speaker, volunteer youth worker and lead pastor of Connection Church in Medina, Ohio... and he really likes smoothies.

2 responses to Everyday Parables: Snarky Christian Videos

  1. Growing up when Street Fighter was a very popular game, the sound effects and graphics added to this video made me laugh a lot too! As to your question, I think it really depends on how a video like this is used. Clearly the makers of this video are mocking what goes on during these healing services, and by extension mocking Christianity as well. But the truth is these kinds of services happen all over the world all the time. Are the men in these videos truly healing the people, or are they frauds and fooling those people out of their money? I don’t know. There is no doubt in my mind that men have scammed all kinds of money from unsuspecting people in the name of Jesus for centuries; but on the other hand there is also no doubt in my mind that God still performs awesome miracles too. So the answer to the question is, we can use videos such as these to open up a dialog about what happens at these services and tell the youth the truth about God. And that is ALWAYS good.

    • Tony Myles

      I’m definitely a big fan of dialogue, and appreciate your thoughts here, Dave. Do you think we ever cross a line with dialogue? Meaning, I have certain topics with my own sons that they’re not quite ready for. Later they will be. Then again, some things I hope I never have to talk about it with them.

      What do you think? Is the sacred stuff of God ever sacred to putting some things out of reach? Or is everything always worth talking about – maybe even laughing at?

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