Introducing “I Desire Mercy, Not Satire…”

Mercy is an oft redefined word; so much so that people use it in conjunction with killing and do not laugh themselves silly at the oxyMORONIC nature of language in the post-modern age. Sarcasm is a piece of steel that pokes and prods and is swung around and causes blunt force traumas that are hard to heal. Satire is that sarcastic piece of steal sharpened. Oh it can injure just as sure as Sarcasm, but its finely honed edges can be used to cut out cancer. Satire may hurt, but its intent to Reform can be a tool of Mercy.


The focus of “I Desire Mercy, Not Sarcasm…” is the balance between the life of Mercy we find in Christ and the need to speak the Truth in love – sometimes by making fun of the errors we are trying to correct.

About Pastor Tim Rossow

Rev. Dr. Timothy Rossow is the Director of Development for Lutherans in Africa. He served Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL as the Sr. Pastor for 22 years (1994-2016) and was Sr. Pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran in Dearborn, MI prior to that. He is the founder of Brothers of John the Steadfast but handed off the Sr. Editor position to Rev. Joshua Scheer in 2015. He currently resides in Ocean Shores WA with his wife Phyllis. He regularly teaches in Africa. He also paints watercolors, reads philosophy and golfs. He is currently represented in two art galleries in the Pacific Northwest. His M Div is from Concordia, St. Louis and he has an MA in philosophy from St. Louis University and a D Min from Concordia, Fort Wayne.


Introducing “I Desire Mercy, Not Satire…” — 1 Comment

  1. And we must not forget irony where the intended meaning is at odds with the literal. Which (as Wikipedia puts it) “entails endless reflection and violent reversals, and ensures incomprehensibility at the moment it compels speech.”

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