Sarcasm: The Body’s Natural Defense Against Stupid

“The tongue has the power of life and death…”

(If your a Christian, be very careful with the words you say. You can quickly enter dangerous territory when our sarcasm is aimed at a person. We begin to encroach on territory very important to God – a person’s spirit.)

Some Examples:

  • Don’t worry about what people think. They don’t do it very often.
  • I’m not fluent in IDIOT, So please speak slowly and clearly.
  • I’ve lowered my expectations to the point where they’ve already been met.
  • Everyone has the right to be stupid, but you’re abusing the privilege.
  • If I got smart with you how would you know?

The Rules of Sarcasm:

1. Use it inwardly, to make light of a situation and not be so hard on yourself. Sarcasm can be healthy if used in small doses, but you can also kill it’s effect when you use it too much, either inwardly or outwardly. You can destroy your relationships, your personal integrity, and most importantly, your walk with God.

2. Use it with right person, and at the right time. You have to be sensitive with the words you speak to anyone, even close friends and family, and especially your spouse. You have to be able to use the right tone and insert the comment at precisely the right time, otherwise you lose the effect of healthy sarcasm.

3. Don’t try to be sarcastic when you can’t. If you don’t know the tone or timing, then I would advise to just avoid it altogether.

4. Don’t aim to hurt. You can use sarcasm to make you think you’re not responsible for the hurt you’re causing. Don’t find yourself saying “you’re just being too sensitive.” That’s a clear indication your sarcastic remark was used wrongly. We say we “pick on people we love” or “only on people who can handle it.” But be careful here, and ask yourself, “Is this really how I want to treat my loved ones?” The most innocent comment can be taken gracefully one moment, and internalized and cause destruction the next. You want to show people you love them by actually loving them, not attacking their person and spirit. This is God’s domain and you enter dangerous grounds when you use sarcasm in this way.

With whatever you say with your mouth, either outwardly or inwardly, keep these Bible verses in mind:

  • “The tongue has the power of life or death, and those who love it will eat of its fruit.” – Proverbs 18:21
  • “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.” – Psalm 19:14
  • “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” – Luke 6:45

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