Published on June 26th, 2015 | by Discussion Questions

Is it right to make jokes about politicians?

LAURA WRITES: So politicians are the butt of many jokes. For example, “In Chicago last year, it was so cold, the politicians all had their hands in their own pockets!” or “Q: How do you know when a politician’s lying? A: When his mouth is open.”

As Christians who are to “give proper respect to authorities,” is it right to joke about politicians as a whole? What about specific politicians (e.g. “How many so-and-so’s does it take to screw in a lightbulb?”)? What about the government in general? Can we make fun of them (e.g. “The Government Can” by Tim Hawkins)?

Please don’t turn this into the place to post your best politician jokes — it would be easy to do, but we have to Do Hard Things, everybody.

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