Who said anything about confronting this with a "cantankerous tongue?" How about confronting public blasphemy with a public defense of our Lord/Faith? How about a public recitation of the Canon of Repentance by a group of Orthodox Christians in front of the NBC studios?
Nobody, at least not myself, am calling for some loud angry protest. But I certainly think a public, prayerful defense is appropriate.
1. You may not have a cantankerous tongue, but are you sure the people who come with you will also be "prayerful"? Let's be realistic here. One thing will turn into another. A protest always results in anger. You mingle yourself with Protestants who are quite militant about this stuff, and won't pray the same prayers you want to pray.
2. Assuming we have a peaceful crowd, what benefit does it bring that we do a "prayerful" defense or protest? What exactly are you defending? Christ? Since when does He need your defense? We would be the ones doing the insulting God if we would go and defend Christ from others' insults. Are we actually going to say, "Christ never had guns?" That's already well-known. Are we going to say, "Christ never sought revenge"? Ya, they know that too. What exactly are you going to tell them? Are going to threaten them? Are you going to boycott them? There's a lot more people in this country who are not "really Christian" than there are devout Christians. What then are you going to do? Unless you're violently affective as Muslims, you will waste your time, and rather than going and doing charitable works, you do this. Someone in the street needs bread for the day, and instead, you send people to "prayerfully defend" the One who needs no defense.
Actually, I'm going to argue quite the opposite though. While SNL was being silly, and they do know Christ literally did not do the things that were depicted, and they do know that they were being sacrilegious, nevertheless, there is a lot of accuracy here. How many people in this world call themselves Christians wield their guns in vengeance towards others, or worse, forcing others to convert in history? How many people in this world call themselves Christians, and regularly cuss? How many people in this world who call themselves Christians, do the things done in this video? If we are the body of Christ, then there is a lot of truth in this depiction, and we deserve the depiction. If you have an itch of "prayerful" defense, do it against those who call themselves Christians that allows SNL to make such a political cartoonish satire, not SNL itself, which would enjoy profitably by those "prayerful" defenses.
When St. Paul or the Church fathers had to make defenses for the faith, it was because people of the Church were going astray from those beliefs. Who in the Church is going to go astray from this silly video? Who are you helping in this "defense"? I see no one being helped by our reaction, no matter how peaceful our reaction is, and thus, we become like the man who buries his one talent and does not double it.
Again, we're wasting our time.
One more thing:
If they had the guts to do it to islam I wouldnt mind, but SNL is too scared and instead goes after easy targets constantly, be it christians or conservatives.
Well, wouldn't that be a compliment for the type of people we are? That would even give us more of a reason and opportunity to double our talents in this world.