Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you. (Proverbs 9:8 NIV)
A mocker is a person who imitates another’s behavior or speech with ridicule or derision. When I think of the word, I instantly picture the Muppet hecklers, Statler and Waldorf.* They sat up in their theater box and made rude comments about performances on the stage below. I admit I laughed with them – but this was part of the show and they were puppets.
Less funny, were the kids in my elementary years, who made fun of others for being weaker, or smaller, or simply different. These mockers insensitively repeated phrases or copied expressions to get attention or laughs. The unfortunate victims of their behavior were humiliated. I must confess, I have been on both sides of mockery.
I can also recall that when corrected by my parents for making fun of my younger brothers or sisters, my first response was not love.
As I’ve grown in age and understanding, however, I can honestly say I appreciate friends and family members who point out my faults. It does take me a little time to ‘love’ them for it. But, I thank God for the brave souls who care more about my sanctification than my approval.
If you’re reading this, thank you so much.
Who has courageously pointed out your un-Christ-like behaviors in love? Have you thanked them recently?
* Statler and Waldorf, The Muppets and all related characters are owned by Disney. I make no claim to their ownership. This article is written for illustrative and celebratory purposes only. All rights are reserved by their respective owners.