The Good Samaritan and Satire

There is something fascinating in the way that Jesus punctures the superficiality of the prevailing religiosity around him with the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10v25-37).  Jesus uses the example of the love-in-action showed by a man who didn’t even claim to know and love God to expose the hypocrisy of those who did.  The expert of the law “wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbour?’”  Jesus responds:

‘Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?’

The expert in the law replied, ‘The one who had mercy on him.’

Jesus told him, ‘Go and do likewise.’

There is something healthy about exposing the hypocrisy and shallowness of faith that can exist in any church.  And many folks – Christian and non-Christian – are using YouTube to post satirical videos about church life to good effect.  There is a mixed bunch out there, but below are two of my current favourites (and, of course, by ‘favourites’ I mean ‘uncomfortably close to the truth’).  The first on homegroups, the second on the formula for popular worship services. See what you think…