Do you like sarcastic t-shirts; sayings with a bit of Christian irony in the words? We do!
What is Sarcasm and How Sarcastic are our T-shirts?
The dictionary definition of sarcasm equates sarcasm with satire and irony. The dictionary defines sarcasm like this: “a mode of satirical wit depending for its effect on bitter, caustic, and often ironic language that is usually directed against an individual.”
If you go on and look up the definition of satire, you read this:
“a literary work holding up human vices and follies to ridicule or scorn.”
Irony is defined as: “the use of words to express something other than and especially the opposite of the literal meaning.”
Our Sarcastic T-shirts are Not Meant to Hurt…
…Unless it’s the truth, since we all know that some people just can’t handle the truth so the truth hurts and may even offend some people. There are people who get offended rather easily. It’s sad, but that doesn’t mean we stop being lightly sarcastic. There are certain sermons that our pastor prefaces with, “If I haven’t offended you yet, just wait; I’m not done.”
That’s what I love about our church and especially our pastor. He’s not afraid to just come out with the truth and at times adds a bit of sarcasm to his words. He never fails to get a laugh, though!
And that’s what our sarcastic t-shirts are meant to do as well. The words and sayings are meant to touch and make you laugh, although some people may get cut deep depending on their level of confidence or their personal beliefs.
Combining Sarcasm with Irony, Satire, and Wit
One of my favorite Christian outlets for sarcastic humor is The Babylon Bee. Would you believe that “Snopes” tried to “fact-check” one of their articles? That shows the level of brain cells over at that site. It’s satire! You can’t “fact-check” satire!
Today’s political arena and society in general are so divided that it gives The Babylon Bee, a Christian comedy channel, a constant stream of content to make fun of. The funniest, or rather most ironic thing that’s been happening with The Bee is that a lot of their satire is actually coming true! It’s like reality today IS satire and sarcastic! They did a hilarious video about just that:
Sarcastic Christian Comedians-Are They Better Than You and Me?
As Christian comedian John Branyan puts it:
“If we’re imitating Christ, then we’re also speaking the truth, and we should make sure we’re not being ignored. That’s why I answered, “Yes,” to the question, “Do you think you’re better than me because you’re a Christian?”
“Generally, it’d be outrageous for me to suggest I’m superior to another human being, but doing so created the opportunity to elaborate. Without raising my voice, I had the full attention of everyone in the room. So I told them the truth.
“Being a Christian makes me better than non-Christians. That’s the reason I became a Christian! I realized that I am a mean, selfish, thoughtless, arrogant, stubborn, wicked soul. I wanted to be better.
The message of Christianity is that terrible people like me can become heirs to God’s kingdom. Because of Jesus, I can transform from a wretched, depraved creature into something brand new. Something much, much, much better.”
So, Is Making Sarcastic T-shirts a Christian Thing to Do?
Is satire or sarcasm used in the Bible? And if so, by whom? As it turns out, Jesus Himself used satire and irony, and some of the prophets did, too. They used this form of communication in their teachings to expose demons and unbelievers that they encountered.
Why, yes! Christians love humor, which is why some our top selling Christian t-shirts could be considered sarcastic or even offensive, depending on who’s reading it. And if you can’t find humor in Christianity or Christian ministry, you’re not going to survive out in the real world.
What are your thoughts?