Have you ever been mocked by someone else for something you believe in? They don’t take you seriously and make jokes about your belief in Jesus, him coming back or even just the thought that the Bible is authoritative for life. They say that the Bible can’t be trusted or that’s its outdated and not worth anything. Well the Bible calls this person the mocker or fool.
“The one who corrects a mocker will bring dishonor on himself; the one who rebukes a wicked man will get hurt. Don’t rebuke a mocker, or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.” Proverbs 9:7-8Hcsb Bible
The first thing you want to do is just correct them or get into knock out, dragged out arguments over the Bible and try to defend God, because that’s what a good Christian would do, right? Well… Yes and no.
Yes in that we need to always have an answer for the faith we have as said in 1 Peter 3:15. But this is referring to people that genuinely are curious about your faith and want to know more about what you believe and why.
But when it comes to a mocker, it’s no. The reason being is that they don’t really care to know what you truly believe or why you believe it. Their motive and goal is just to instigate either a fight or an argument with you and then try their best to make you look stupid and therefore your beliefs stupid by association.
They just want to argue with you for entertainment. They don’t want true understanding and wisdom but rather just enough to be dangerous so they can attack someone else because they don’t care for God. They would rather be fools and enjoy their time in the sun on earth with all the sins and vices in the world without God convicting them.
When i was in the National guard, there was this one guy and we were friends for a little while and then he found out a few things about what I believe because I guess it came across in passing. Well he then for the next few years would harass me and try to get me into arguments and then would interrupt me before I could answer fully. It was then that I knew he was a mocker and didn’t need to argue or try and correct.
So if we don’t correct or get into arguments with them, what do we do? Well we pretty much ignore them when they’re trying to drag us into an argument and focus on people that genuinely want answers. Now this doesn’t mean that we ostracize them or never talk to them ever again, but rather keep an open ear for when they genuinely want to know something or need our help and then we show the love of God to them. Then and only then will they maybe be won by you and Jesus’ love to God.
Now will this be easy or will it always happen? No definitely not unfortunately. In the example of when I was in my unit, I had to be really really patient since there were times where I wanted to argue and even punch him sometimes because I had/have anger problems every now and then haha. For the most part, I have it under control and never actually punched him with Gods grace and mercy and power. Also, my wife has helped me tremendously as well.
Did I ever win him over to Christ? No, unfortunately I haven’t. But I rest assured that I did plant a seed that might be watered by someone else in the future and maybe God will send him back my way or he will go to God with someone else. Either way, it is fine with me for we are only messengers on the earth.
So at the end of the day, when you find yourself being mocked,ridiculed, and made fun of, be patient and don’t try to fight them. There is a time to defend yourself and we can go over that in a later post possibly, but when it comes to a mocker, don’t be a victim to their games. They just want to make fun of you and God my association and that’s how you get hurt.
Be patient and rely on God for your patience and power and pray for your former friend to come back to God. Thank you for reading this and if you have any questions or comments, just message me or comment below. I hope you have a great day and God bless.