Christians are known for many things, but the ability to poke fun at themselves probably isn’t one of them. Just because Christians take their faith seriously doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be able to step back and have a good laugh every now and then.
These five Christian parody Twitter accounts are doing just that—showing us, in 140 characters or less, the value of being able to laugh at yourself:
Probably the most popular of them all is the always-cranky, equally hilarious Church Curmudgeon account. (The bio of which reads, “It ain’t the way it used to be, I’ll tell you that.”) With 87.3K followers and an impeccable avatar, @ChrchCurmudgeon is that crotchety old Baptist churchgoer we all know and…tolerate:
We're handing out Man Cards for Father's Day tomorrow. If you're wearing skinny jeans, we'll just take it right back.
— Church Curmudgeon (@ChrchCurmudgeon) June 15, 2014
Baptist pastors have never doubted the effectiveness of three-pointers.#NBAPlayoffs
— Church Curmudgeon (@ChrchCurmudgeon) May 31, 2016
Jesus can turn water into wine.
But a Baptist can turn wine into Welch's®.
— Church Curmudgeon (@ChrchCurmudgeon) May 25, 2016
And then on the complete opposite side of the churchgoer spectrum, you have the Christian Hipster account (74.7K followers), which is absolutely everything Church Curmudgeon—and, really, the rest of us—complains about. This one speaks for itself:
be sure to instagram/blog all of your summer mission trip adventures so we can stay up on how righteous you are
— Christian Hipster (@ChristnHipster) June 16, 2016
took me like 45 minutes to get this perfect shot, now for 5 minutes of quality time in the word pic.twitter.com/tJ3xBdaPXg
— Christian Hipster (@ChristnHipster) May 19, 2016
to the single people heading to work at christian camps this summer, good luck on your spouse search
— Christian Hipster (@ChristnHipster) May 9, 2016
The Babylon Bee is more than a Twitter account—it’s actually an entire site dedicated to Christian news satire. And it’s so worth following. Nothing is off limits here—The Babylon Bee takes a stab at everyone and everything from politicians to pastors to common church practices:
Aides Hurriedly Teaching Trump Bible Stories Via Flannelgraph Ahead Of Meeting With Evangelicals https://t.co/hTb1k8r5NB
— The Babylon Bee (@TheBabylonBee) June 21, 2016
— The Babylon Bee (@TheBabylonBee) June 15, 2016
— The Babylon Bee (@TheBabylonBee) June 14, 2016
We can only assume Celebrity Pastor goes by the motto of “if you don’t laugh you’ll cry.” This account takes on the superfluous spending and vain glory-seeking for which many a prosperity preacher of megachurch fame is known. Take a look at some of the account’s top hits:
Yes, 25,000 pounds of confetti costs a lot. But a soul is priceless so take your judgments elsewhere
— Celebrity Pastor (@CelebrityPastor) May 20, 2016
Don't worry. Despite a freak teeth whitening accident, I will be brining the fire tomorrow. #PastorStrong
— Celebrity Pastor (@CelebrityPastor) May 14, 2016
Pastors, don't stress this morning. Let go and let the fog machines take over.
— Celebrity Pastor (@CelebrityPastor) March 20, 2016
Last but not least, you have the Unappreciated Pastor account, with some 38.5K followers, which finally gives the rest of us some insight into what life is like for all those pastors out there who just can’t get no respect. The tagline on the Unappreciated Pastor website describes itself as:”The lighter side of the heavy side of ministry. Poking fun & provoking thought.” Here are few gems from @Rev_Norespect:
Happy Father's Day to me! I have a great daughter!!! pic.twitter.com/hwrYiIglkj
— Unappreciated Pastor (@Rev_Norespect) June 19, 2016
"I don't need man's approval. Amen?"
— Unappreciated Pastor (@Rev_Norespect) May 26, 2016
There's gonna be a lot of surprised pastors when they get to heaven & find out alliteration isn't a fruit of the Spirit.
— Unappreciated Pastor (@Rev_Norespect) May 22, 2016
Follow away, friends. And don’t forget to laugh at yourself.