Indignant is a great word. I’m often indignant myself. I understand indignant people. As a matter of fact, I often become indignant about people who don’t understand indignant people. There is plenty of injustice in this world to be incensed about and comedy itself is primarily based on social criticism, unless the comedian is under thirty, then it’s based primarily upon making fun of how people look. “What’s up with Donald Trump’s hair?” Please, stop with the biting political commentary!
Comedians are often indignant about things, observing life with a critical eye, looking for hypocrisy and pointing out injustices (like other comedians who make more money). They are basically telling off society from the stage, often fancying themselves in the role of the Old Testament prophet, who spoke the truth based on the highest ideal possible – an Academy Award nomination. Okay, those were the false prophets. The true prophets contended the highest ideal possible was the revealed will of God.
One of my favorite examples of indignant humor in the New Testament (like I can find more than one) is the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Galatians. The background of this letter is that Gentiles in the city of Galatia were starting to enter the fold. But since they were Gentiles, they had some extra folds that the Jewish believers didn’t, if you catch my drift. (They weren’t circumcised. Hello?) Some of the Jewish believers started promoting the idea that in order to be saved these new Gentile believers needed to be circumcised in addition to believing in Jesus. Welcome to Church, it’s circumcision Sunday!
Paul’s main point in this letter is that if you add anything to the gospel or take anything away from the gospel, then it’s no longer the gospel. And what Paul means by gospel is not a black singer weighing in over 400 pounds. He means something along the lines of “saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.” The gospel is grace through faith plus nothing. The people promoting this gospel plus circumcision idea were called Judaizers. Paul is so upset with their teaching that he writes, “I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves!”
This is a biblical instance of theological sarcasm, where Paul is basically saying, “If circumcision adds to our faith, why stop there? Why don’t you just cut off your privates? Really cut some skin off! Get really holy, guys!” We can assume they did not follow his advice, since there is no history of a Judaizers Men’s Choir who sang like little girls.
Again, I must ask, from whence does our prudery come? (When using a word like “prudery,” you’re duly required to use a word like “whence.”) The Apostle Paul was so adamant about preserving the integrity of the gospel that he rebuked those who distorted it with biting sarcasm, which leads me to ask, “If Donald Trump runs for president will he even need a vice president? He has his hair.”