Word for Today – Matthew 27:30-31

Expect to be Mocked

Mockery goes on everyday and everywhere. No one is exempt form the taunts of others whether is on the playgrounds of elementary schools or the halls of the most pious churches.

In their most crude form, taunts spew from the mouths of playground “cherubim” when someone is different, lacking, or has drawn the envy of their peers. Taunts of the most refined nature are harder to identify and often manifest themselves in the form of personal attacks or unjust actions affecting their victim.

They spat on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head. After mocking him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him. (Matthew 27:30-31 NRSV)

During the events leading up to his crucifixion, Jesus experienced both crude and subtle mockery: subtle in the form of the kangaroo court that bounced him around Jerusalem under the cover of night, and crude as displayed by the cruel and unfounded taunts of the people the following day.

Nowhere in the Bible does it say Christians will be spared similar treatment. Although most of us will never have to sacrifice like Jesus did, many of us will be mocked. I can only speak from my own experiences, but maybe you can relate.

  • I’ve been negatively categorized because of the simple fact I love the Bible, believe in the Second Amendment, and don’t drive a green vehicle. (At one point, we were a four-truck family!)
  • Because I believe that defending my family and my nation is important, I’ve been called a war-monger. (Seriously, in a letter from some anti-nuclear group based in Santa Fe, New Mexico!)
  • Those of us who respect the sanctity of life are considered a danger to women. (Hello . . . I’m a woman, I just happen to feel everyone deserves a chance at life.)
  • I’ve even been relieved of teaching duties in the church for drawing the compliments from the parents of teens I taught and planting a desire in the kids to come to class. (Oh yeah, I was teaching truths from the Bible . . . that must have been where I went wrong!)

Much like Jesus was mocked with the injustice displayed in a kangaroo court, his followers can expect much the same. Much like he was mocked by the people with nothing but unfounded attacks, so will be the experience of Christians.

When people with big ideas have no foundation to support their vision, they tend to resort to personal attacks to defeat their opponents. Don’t take my word for it, look around our society. The people who have nothing concrete to throw into the arena of ideas are the first to start shooting mocking salvos from the gutters. Just as Jesus stood firm on the Truth, so must we.

Word for Today: If you stand for truth, expect to be mocked.

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