Laugh at Me!

10 Jun

Psa 1:1 ¶ Blessed [is] the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

In my almost 55 years I have learned that those who occupy the seat of the scornful are not always non-Christians.

Not only can Christians be very judgmental, but they can be like a throwback to the worst of the middle school years when it comes to sarcasm and mocking laughter.

I like jokes as well as the next person. And sarcasm is universal, and can be very funny when directed at a general type of human behavior, without singling a real individual out for it.

But humor should always be lifegiving for the Christian, especially as we are admonished so many times about how the power of life and death is in the tongue.

Never should it be named among us that a young person who needs our support as they grow in their faith meets with our sarcasm and scornful laughter instead.

That happens far too often.

What about those times when they, or we, are being mocked behind our backs and don’t realize it?

I submit that that is a perfect time to trust the Lord to be glorified through our lives.

You can’t defend yourself when you don’t know you are being accused!

Guess it will just have to be up to God to vindicate you as He knows best.

And He will. You see, even if someone is 100% right in their accusation against you, they become 100% wrong when they publicly mock you. God says there is a way to handle issues between people and that ain’t it!

Let’s see, who would people rather be around and have as a spiritual influence in their lives, the person who is so sure of her self-righteousness that she scornfully makes a very public mockery of another person, or the unassuming target of such mockery who, unaware that anything is going on, treats the mocker with kindness?

We all know the answer to that.

Mockers may think they are leaders in the Body of Christ but they eventually lose all credibility with everyone. And they should. Their way is not the way of grace.

In fact, mockers can suck all the oxygen out of a room by intimidating even their friends. After all, if you know that someone is making fun of, for example, another choir member’s way of singing, don’t you also know that, if you don’t stay on his good side, he could make fun of you next? How can fellowship, and service for the Lord, thrive in such an atmosphere of intimidation?

A secular singer, Sonny Bono, once wrote a song that said, “Laugh at me, if that’s the price I pay for being free.”

I agree with Sonny Bono. Go ahead and laugh at me.

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