Proverbs 9:7 The one who corrects a mocker will bring abuse on himself; the one who rebukes the wicked will get hurt.
The above verse speaks to the spirit of the day that the world is operating in. A spirit of mockery and scoffing at everything whether right or wrong. Sad to say, in many cases, the church is being influenced by the same spirit. Some of our church assemblies are becoming gathering places for scoffers and mockers who are abusing their fellow man because of what some congregants sincerely believe in their hearts. We know that the world’s wickedness is far-reaching and hurts everything it touches. But the world’s wickedness should not be practiced among the brothers and sisters in the Lord.
My concern is for the Christians who prattle on about complicated subjects they know nothing about. Without thought, they speak as though they are authorities on the subjects of science, politics, finances, and education. You would think every person expressing an opinion has a degree or doctorate in these sciences. They pontificate their canned rhetoric, as though they know all the answers to all problems in every field, when in fact they only have vague and unsound rehashed theories that have been posted and reposted on social media platforms. Prov. 18:2 A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.
Rather than praying for our leaders in positions of authority that affect society as God instructs us to do, many within Christian circles condemn, tear apart, and promote lies in the same manner as the world does. This is not the spirit God gave us to minister in righteousness. We are to promote Godliness in life and not tear it down with a flood of nonsensical and useless words. 1Tim. 2:1 I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. 2 Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.
Real divisiveness takes place when someone tries to correct or instruct another person that may be promoting wrong information and adding to this world’s problems rather than eliminating the woes within it. The reaction of the ones being corrected will result in either wisdom prevailing and hearts changing, or as the proverb says, the mocker abuses and hurts the one trying to sincerely help. Prov. 9:7 The one who corrects a mocker will bring abuse on himself; the one who rebukes the wicked will get hurt. The sad thing is, to choose to remain a recidivistic troglodyte by repeatedly mocking what is not understood when actual knowledge and help is available – is pathetic and an indictment against the intelligence God gave us.
As hard as this is for Christians to understand, we do not know and understand everything there is to know and understand. We are fortunate to know the God who does know all and understand all, therefore, this is why we pray to Him. I realize there is a lot of evil in the world and it can be frustrating to see it and feel like there is nothing we can do about it. But this is a lie of the enemy of our soul. When we read the burden of Habakkuk we see that he is going through the same thing we are experiencing today. Hab. 1:2 How long, LORD, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save? 3 Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds.
Habakkuk does not just badmouth God and become condescending toward everyone around him or mock everything he did not understand. Instead, Habakkuk entered into what he did understand, and that is the declaration that God is God and He has the means and wisdom to deal with all mankind. Habakkuk decides to wait it out and see what God says about the situation rather than proclaim his ignorance to everyone on every social media platform. Hab. 2:1 I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what He will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint.
Instead of mocking our leaders, try praying for them, because if you don’t, you will only become angrier at all the things being done that are out of your control. Leave the scoffing and mocking to the people in the world and grow up in the spirit of our Lord. Why does Satan put so much time laying traps into preventing people from praying for one another? Even that loser the devil knows how powerful praying Christians are when they become united under God. Christians do not have to agree with each other on everything in life, but living and praying in unity will destroy the works of the devil, and in a short time, misunderstanding will get settled and healings will take place. Psalm 133:1 How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!
Anyone can curse the darkness and complain bitterly about the world’s problems. It takes very little intelligence to badmouth everything going on that is not understood. Mockers and scoffers will always be screaming their fears out loud. Since we are in Christ, the good news is that we have not been given the spirit of fear but rather the spirit of power and love. 2Tim. 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Come on saints, let’s use what God gave us to bring solutions to the world and peace in our hearts. Blessings.