Something To Think About!
There is no excuse for mocking someone’s God-given looks, disabilities or impediments, or incidental things like the name their parents’ gave them. It is not only ungodly behavior, but it is ineffective even from a pragmatic point of view. It sends the wrong message to anyone we are trying to convince of our religious views, as well as any onlooker to the conversation. Here are a few examples for you to chew on.
When Mocking Is Wrong
In 2018, Lauren Daigle effectively exposed herself as “not a model Christian” after a few years of what appeared to be faithful exaltation of God through music. I saw one person who disagreed with her actions post something about her “mediocre” talent or singing voice. I found this to be in poor taste. My first thought was, “Wow, if she repents won’t you feel bad for saying this?”
Another brother posted a joke about a woman who was leading a pro-abortion effort. Her last name is “Wolfe,” and my friend posted something about how aptly named she is. I texted him and asked him to remove it. It’s terribly irrelevant to the validity of any cause what the person is named who champions it. A person named Wolfe could just as easily be saved by grace and keep the same name. The same goes for those who thought Alex Malarkey’s name was a clever punchline.
There was another situation where Abby Johnson, famous for leaving the abortion industry and joining the pro-life cause pointed out that those who oppose her religion (Roman Catholicism) and her methods (she’s really not a very good anti-abortionist) inappropriately mocked her physical appearance. This is sheer wickedness, folks, and it only detracts from powerful arguments for the proper abolition of abortion when we resort to these tactics.
Fight According to God’s Rules
It is acceptable and right to fight against and sometimes mock ungodly notions and philosophies. In our righteous zeal, Christians would do well to stick to the facts in these areas and avoid mocking something that wouldn’t change about their opponent if their opponent became born-again and changed philosophies. Things like how a person looks, a speech impediment, their last name or singing voice are all things which (usually) have nothing to do with a false teacher’s vain teachings.
I would not want to mock a future brother or sister in Christ for an incidental attribute he or she would likely still carry after true repentance occurs. And even if the person never repents, the things I mock about them could hurt the feelings of others who share that physical characteristic!
Let’s all stick to destroying arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God! (2 Cor 10:5)
See all posts in the Something to Think About! series:
Arminian Hopelessness: STTA!
What Will it Cost You: STTA!
Unfathomable Submission: STTA!
God is Unchanging: STTA!
Patience vs Passivity: STTA!
Don't Mention the Tension: STTA!
Careful With Your Mocking: STTA!
God Hears Your Prayers: STTA!
God's Desire for All: STTA!
Corona Virus, Conspiracy, and the Kingship of Christ: STTA