The last couple of posts I wrote were a lot of fun but also rather frustrating. Sure, it's cathartic to rail against the religious assholes of the world but there is also the depressing certainty that none of it matters. Those guys are never going to stop. They're certainly not going to change their minds because someone on the internet wrote a ranty open letter on his blog. They are high and mighty and secure in their power and no amount of ranting and railing will change a damn thing.
So to cheer myself up I looked up some funny videos on Youtube. One of them was my favourite awkward love song - it may be the sweetest and dirtiest thing ever - by comedy music duo Garfunkle & Oates. That's when I found this video, which also happened to be be in response to something Pat Robertson said:
I loved it and it gave me hope. Mark Driscoll, Pat Robertson and guys like them will probably always be assholes but that's no reason to throw in the towel. This may be the perfect response to statements made by Pat and his ilk. Laughing, mocking, pointing out how wrong they are and how stupid they sound is the way to go. Firstly because they're making statements that are patently ridiculous and so calling them out and mocking them for it is totally called for. But secondly, most importantly, it displays their powerlessness.
These so called "men of God" often hide behind their titles, their office, their "anointing". They expect respect because they claim to have a direct line to the Almighty. Nothing disproves this better than mocking them. You will not be struck dead on the spot, you won't get hit with a dread disease. Take my word on this, you will not be devoured by bears for calling Pat Robertson an asshole on the internet. They have nothing. No magical anointing to strike you down, no Jesus magic to vex you with. They don't have the ear of the Almighty nor do they have access to dread mystic powers of the Divine. They may paint themselves as prophets cut from the same cloth as Moses and Elijah but they have nothing on those guys.
That's not to say they have no power at all. They do have power, of course they do. But this is power given to them - not by any deity, but by people like you and me. They have the power of influence. Whenever people take Mark Driscoll's sermons to heart, they give him power. Whenever someone asks Pat Robertson for advice and they take it, they give him power. They have power because we let them have power. That's all they have. If tomorrow everyone decides that these men are terrible human beings and not worthy of giving advice to anyone they will have no more power. None. They only have as much power as is given to them by those who take them seriously.
This is why mocking is good. This is why ranting and railing and pointing out how very wrong they are is valuable. Sure, it may not change much but it does change something. It displays to the world - and all those who believe they have a direct line to God - that they are actually nothing to be scared of. They talk a good game but they got nothing. And who knows, maybe you can convince a former follower to rethink their loyalty. Even if you influence only one person, that's one less person they can draw power from. So do it! Call them out! Call them stupid, show how wrong they are. Mock them, expose them, shout it from the rooftops! If you undermine their influence you take their power. Doesn't that sound like a worthy goal? Let's starve these motherfuckers!