Good news Marlene had a false positive so does not have covid. Our grandson, Joe, has covid along with 1/3 of his class of Marines. He is not real sick but feels like the flu. If he isn’t well in 10 days he will have to go home and start again in January. Please pray!
My temperament is that of an extroverted, sanguine male. Because I’m also intuitive, I often feel on the outside looking in when it comes to male camaraderie. Yet God, by his grace and mercy, has allowed me to feel secure in my maleness even in the company of men very different from me. In fact, I have found that joshing and joking with men has given me an inside track into their lives.
I say this just as a segue to expressing my appreciation for The Babylon Bee: “Your Trusted Source for Christian News Satire.” The Babylon Bee “was created ex nihilo on the eighth day of creation week, exactly 6.000 years ago. We have been the premier news source through every major world event, from the Tower of Babel and the Exodus to the Reformation and the War of 1812. We focus on just the facts, leaving spin and bias to other news sites like CNN and Fox News.”
Men, when we can no longer laugh at life, nor get along with people who think differently than we do, we are in trouble. Many of the leading comedians of our time admit it is harder to do standup comedy today, because people are too easily offended. This is not good for our emotional and even spiritual health.
Because of this, I release you as a man to joke, poke fun, and josh with other men. When the people of Israel came back from captivity in Babylonian, Psalm 126:2 tells us, “Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy.” When we can no longer laugh at ourselves and enjoy good, clean joshing as men, we are still slaves in captivity. Men, in Christ we can live in freedom and joy.
I write about The Babylon Bee for two reasons. First, I recommend their website to you if you have not already discovered it. You will be surprised at the insight they provide into our culture through satire. Second, I want to point out how they are in the crosshairs of the popular media. It only shows how oversensitive we have become to opposing positions. When satire is misconstrued, then we are in real trouble as a culture.
Recently The Babylon Bee was able to force the New York Times to remove its defamatory characterization of The Bee as trafficking misinformation and fake news. However, the battle against The Bee continues: recently Facebook announced it would be moderating satire to make sure it doesn’t “punch down.” Essentially, Facebook posits that it can judge what qualifies as “true satire” – which also means it can judge jokes that “punch down” to be hatred disguised as satire.
Seth Dillon, CEO of The Babylon Bee, noted: “Having failed in their effort to lump us in with fake news, the media and Big Tech… now hope to discredit us by saying we’re spreading hatred – rather than misinformation – under the guise of satire.”
I appreciate how Dillion responded to the attacks on The Bee. “But we’re not ‘punching down.’ We’re punching back. Conservatives have been on the ropes in the culture war for a long time… the left’s new prohibition of “punching down” is speech suppression in disguise. It’s people in positions of power protecting their interests by telling you what you can and cannot joke about.”
Men, I encourage you to use satire to lighten your load. It seems like we can no longer laugh. Remember the people of Israel when they came back to Zion: “Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy” (Ps 126:2).
Hope you are enjoying the weekend. We are having such fun here in N.C and playing games with the grandkids is helping us feel young! (or maybe old!) We played lots of outdoor games yesterday and this morning have some indoor ones as well. They have a stream flowing through their land so we plan to spend some time helping in the clean up near the water. So beautiful here. Please pray for our friend Marlene who fell and broke her hip and will be having surgery at 10:30 this morning.
Devotions from Judy’s heart
I love the word GRACE and everything about it! It is so wonderful to know that we are loved by God, not because we do everything right, but because of who He is. Grace is receiving what we don’t deserve. It is a gift as it says in Eph. 2:8 (ESV), “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing: it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
It brings a song to mind that was written by Julia Johnson in 1910 and put to music by Daniel Towner. It begins with:“Marvelous grace of our loving Lord/ Grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt, /Yonder on Calvary’s mount outpoured/There where the blood of the Lamb was spilt/ Grace, grace, God’s grace/Grace that will pardon and cleanse within/Grace, grace, God’s grace/Grace that is greater than all our sin.” It doesn’t matter what we have done in our past, God will forgive us if we humbly ask. I’m sure we all can think of many things that we wish we had never done; but no matter what they are, it will never exceed God’s grace to us! Just think of how great that is!
Years ago, I read Philip Yancey’s book, What’s so amazing About Grace? Yancy was interviewed recently and he said that the message of grace is so important right now as we are so divided in our country. But even though we may disagree with others on issues we can still show love and be dispensers of grace, remembering that we have received grace. It is possible to hold our values without compromise, while not condoning others with contrary beliefs, yet do it in a grace-filled way. Listening to others can help us see where they are coming from and expand our outlook on things, rather than just trying to win an argument. We must especially practice grace within our families and continually ask ourselves what do we need to forgive.Yancey describes a picture of God’s grace like that of a mountain stream that begins on a high mountain peak. But the stream always flows to the lowest part and touches the poor, the disabled, the prodigals and all of us that are undeserving.Let us always be amazed by His grace and then let it flow out from us to others.
Challenge for today: Share His grace with all who touch your life.
Blessings on your weekend and prayers and love, Judy
Devotions from Judy’s heart