Yesterday I wrote about whether we should mock David Cameron, and whether the response to his Easter reception and message was what it should be.
I got a lot of feedback, some fair, some angry, some both of those at the same time. Here are 7 things I realised:
1. More sure than ever that regardless of disagreements we should treat each other with civility and that includes our political leaders.
2. The healthy critique of leaders should not restricted out of an undue sense of propriety
3. Finding the balance between those two points is crucial to the church having a prophetic voice to society.
4. Jesus was creatively subversive in his dealings with authority, we should do likewise.
5. Jesus acknowledged that the earthly rulers had authority, but only because of the initiating authority of the Father.
6. Knowing when to accept authority and when to challenge it, knowing when to live peaceably and when to uproot unjust regimes is hard. Should dictators be challenged? Yes. When does a dictator become a dictator? That’s harder.
7. There is a place for humour. In criticising the #CameronJesus meme yesterday I felt I was giving humour a hard time. Humour is a vital part of subversion but I think there is a line between that and mocking, and that’s a line we have to work hard to find.