Thursday, February 21, 2013

Scoffers and Mockers

The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning.  (Prov. 14:6)

The Bible has a lot to say about mockers and scoffers, particularly in the book of Proverbs.

The devising of foolishness is sin, and the mocker is an abomination to men. (Prov. 24:9)

Mockers resent correction, so they avoid the wise.  (Prov. 15:12)

He who begets a scoffer does so to his sorrow.  (Prov. 17:21)

The proud and arrogant person -- "Mocker" is his name -- behaves with insolent fury.  (Prov. 21:24)

However, mockery and scoffing has become standard communication these days.  Political pundits are the first that come to mind -- and I'll name those on my own side: Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter, etc.  But the rancor is just as ridiculous online: facebook posts, blogs . . . why are we surprised at the division and contention in our society?

The fool rages and scoffs, and there is no peace.  (Prov. 29:9)

Scoffers set a city aflame, but wise men turn away wrath.  (Prov. 29:8)

Mocking leads to contempt, and contempt leads to anger.  Fortunately, the Bible also tells us what to do about the problem.

Blessed is the one who does not . . . sit in the company of mockers.  (Psalm 1:1)

Cast out the scoffer, and contention will leave; yes, strife and reproach will cease.  (Prov. 22:10)

Walk away.  Turn them off.  Have nothing to do with them.  And control your own tongue and attitude.  The consequences are not small.

Now stop your mocking, or your chains will become heavier; the Lord, the Lord Almighty, has told me of the destruction decreed against the whole land.  (Isaiah 28:22)

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