I recently watched the movie ‘Meet the Fockers’ again. They wittingly make a mockery of marriage and romance. Comedy is the cure for almost all sadness, and a person who knows how to laugh at themselves will live longer than a stiff-necked cynic. There is a time and place for all things, and learning wisdom is the key to a long life. We can learn a lot by our short comings, but we should never receive to heart the words of a mocker.
10 Drive out the mocker, and strife will go out; Yes, quarrels and insults will stop. 11 He who loves purity of heart and speaks gracefully Is the king’s friend.
These verses bring to mind places I’ve seen that are overflowing with mockers. But could you’ve imagined they would be ‘Christian’ discussion forums and blogs?
We’ve all been to a Christian forum or blog filled with antagonistic know-it-alls spouting hate driven opinions about why they are right and everyone else is wrong. This is especially true of Messianic sub-forums or general theology forums where it seems many mockers have made a home. Those desiring to disprove Messianic Judaism or arguing why Messianics are lost, not Christian or Jewish, and basically preying on us within these forums.
I’ve been in many debates with mockers before on numerous Christian forums. It’s troubling to see these places that should be a place of fellowship and community building being used as a platform for attacks on the Messianic faith. In my youth I would attempt to defend my faith against such people. But what I have learned in my maturity is a mocker will keep arguing all day long, as if it’s a sport, which makes the discussion pointless. A mocker says what he wants to say and continually looks for a fight, never being open to the other persons perspective. The only purpose they have is to mock our Messianic Jewish faith.
a. To treat with ridicule or contempt; deride
Proverbs 9:7-9 goes on to describe them;
7 He who corrects a mocker invites insult. He who reproves a wicked man invites abuse. 8 Don’t reprove a scoffer, lest he hate you. Reprove a wise man, and he will love you. 9 Instruct a wise man, and he will be still wiser. Teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.
Here we see that mockers are equated as being wicked and we are warned NOT to rebuke them because if we do we will receive abusive insults and hatred. In contrast, a wise man loves those who rebuke them knowing that they will become all the more wiser.
Likewise we are told by the Messiah himself;
6 “Don’t give that which is holy to the dogs, neither cast your pearls before the pigs, lest perhaps they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.
In context this is stating that rebuking or teaching someone or sharing the Message of Yeshua, or words of knowledge with a person who will only mock is not productive. He will only trample the truth under his feet and turn and tear you to pieces verbally.
Now I am not implying at all that we should be afraid to share our hearts and witness. The key is to understand the difference between a mocker and someone who will listen. When speaking to a mocker who will only ridicule Messianic Judaism it is better to leave that person be, pray for him, but not engage him directly and give him an opportunity to deride Messianic Judaism and compromise the minds of younger believers.
So the next time you see a mocker presenting his case against the Messianic Jewish community remember that sometimes it is better to leave him be, and if you can, remove yourself from their presence. Least you too fall into the same pit as they.
(who just said that to me!?)
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