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Meet the (Christian) Mockers

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.

Proverbs 22

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.

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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.

Mock

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;

Matthew 7

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.

Muskrat!

(who just said that to me!?)

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3 comments on “Meet the (Christian) Mockers

  1. Shimshon
    January 7, 2015

    So, how do you deal with mockers?

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  2. cfryalls
    January 7, 2015

    David, you and I have sure had our entire bodies covered in excrement a number of times in those forums. It was better when we could work together and tag team them, but still as it says, it only tears you down. I have left those discussion totally exhausted and depressed. And you make me think now but I think I have been clean and sober (meaning forum free) for maybe 5 or 6 years now. I hadn’t even thought about it. Huh. What I have run into lately in social media outlets is the plethora of totally bible illiterate semi spiritualist types who have attempted to redefine everything in scripture under entirely new definitions. Brother, we are waist deep in spiritual alligator warfare and it is getting real dangerous.

    Good article.

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  3. Shimshon
    January 8, 2015

    I’ve grown up thankfully. I no longer see the value in ‘contending for the truth’. What happend to me is I started realizing the core need that was missing inside. And that was not knowledge of observance but a lack of fellowship. And when I started seeking true fellowship I became so dismayed because it’s not in those places at all. So I left them to their own devices. Now I wander through looking for a friend, when before I used to look for battles. Now I run from them. It’s like walking into a windmill, the more you try to maintain your place the more you get smacked upside the head. Some seem to think they do such a good job at standing still in the face of the pummeling. But all that really happens is either you or the windmill gets destroyed. Good job!!! To prove your point as true or false it is at the cost of those around you. I’ve finally realized i’m not looking to be right in the face of adversity, i’m looking to be loved in the face of adversity. And love has grown cold. God is love, but your’re wrong and i’m right and when you get you head out your hole you just may see that and be saved!! <<sarcasim Today's Christian apologetics……. As well as Jewish counter missionaries. Too sadly funny, 'we dont' missionize!!, we ANTI-missionize!!!

    Like a lamb to the slaughter he did not even open his mouth………… Actions speak megaphones over words my friend…..

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