It is most remarkable that Abraham Lincoln, when he saw so much that was vulnerable in the leadership of the Christian Church, did not move to the opposite error and become a mocker.– Elton Trueblood –
With all of the exotic wildlife here in Florida, our official State bird is the mosquito. Just kidding, it is actually the northern mockingbird. These little feathered virtuosos have extraordinary vocal abilities. They can learn as many as 200 distinct songs over their lifetime, including those of any other bird as well as the sounds of many insects and amphibians. A mocker’s song is an echo of the sounds that surround them. Mockingbirds can sing for hours and never repeat the same thing twice. In fact, they are such skilled mimics; they have been known to imitate washing machines, car alarms and sirens. They do this so well, that you would not know you were listening to a bird.
I wonder how many people live their lives like the mockingbird; echoing the cultural noise that surrounds them by repeating beliefs, attitudes and ideas that they know little to nothing about. Mockingbird people lack originality, vision and revelation. They become just another someone saying something about something that someone said something about. This is where our comparison to the innocent little songbird will have to end, because human mockers can be far more treacherous than a perfunctory little birdie.
Let’s talk about the mockers and the scornful.
I suppose we’ve all been guilty of mockery at one time or another. I sure have. But I’m in rehab now ” “Hi, my name is Joe and I am a recovering mocker.”
By definition a mocker:
- Treats people with ridicule or contempt
- Is scornful or arrogant
- Causes others to appear irrelevant, ineffectual, or intolerable
My worldview is rooted in what has become widely known as the Judeo-Christian ethic. The scriptures have literally shaped the way I see and live in the world. When I encounter anything that seems to oppose my comprehensive understanding of right and wrong, I examine it carefully in light of scriptural truth, and if it contradicts that reality, I simply reject it. Men and women of faith who routinely scrutinize the beliefs and teachings of any individual, organization or social structures (including governments) in this way are not necessarily narrow-minded bigots. We are simply being true to our heartfelt convictions and thus obedient to the will of our Divine Creator (GOD).
It seems to me that people of deep religious or moral conviction, who believe in traditional family values and what in many cases were once generally accepted normative social behaviors, are regularly treated with ridicule and contempt (mocked). Our social order appears to have devolved into a quasi-free-for-all. It reminds me of a passage in the Biblical Book of Judges,
25″In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes.” ” Judges 21:25 (Amp)
This text refers to a period in the history of the nation of Israel that began sometime after the death of Joshua and ended around the beginning of the reign of King Saul. When Joshua and his governance team were in power, the nation enjoyed relative decency and order. But after his death, times changed and there gradually came chaos. No distinct leadership existed in Israel during the era of the multiple Judges. And, there was no genuine reverence for the laws of our Creator in the land.
“Well now Dr. Cerreta, are you saying that nobody believed in God anymore?”
No, I am not saying that all of the people had renounced their faith and become impious boasters, agnostics and atheists. Not at all; it was actually worse than that. The people simply paid lip service to the creator (GOD). They were mock believers. Their worship was meaningless even though many still followed the ridged formalities of what had become an empty religious system. The scriptures describe their condition perfectly,
13 “The Lord said, “These people show respect to me with their mouth, and honor me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Their worship of me is worth nothing. They teach rules that men have made.” ” Isaiah 29:13 ” New Life Version
Does any of this sound familiar? It should, because we also live in a time when many people simply pay lip service to the creator (GOD) as well. This is an age where the darkened hearts of the spiritually blind routinely recite hollow prayers and follow the ridged formalities of lifeless religions. Paganism now abounds as every man does what is right in his own eyes.
Where there is no law, but every man does what is right in his own eyes, there you will find the very least of real liberty.” ” Henry Martyn Robert.
What about those who are in positions of power? It seems to me that much of the world is suffering from an acute shortage of genuine leadership because of little to no reverential fear of God in the land. When our heads of state are wise in their own arrogance (and not people of good reputation who are both practical and spiritually-minded), you have the potential for wicked leadership. With the blind leading the blind, the likelihood for a disaster increases exponentially. The scriptures put it concisely,
1-5 “… in the last days it is going to be very difficult to be a Christian. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money; they will be proud and boastful, sneering at God (mocking), disobedient to their parents, ungrateful to them, and thoroughly bad. 3 They will be hardheaded and never give in to others; they will be constant liars and troublemakers and will think nothing of immorality. They will be rough and cruel, and sneer at (mock) those who try to be good. 4 They will betray their friends; they will be hotheaded, puffed up with pride, and prefer good times to worshiping God. 5 They will go to church, yes, but they won’t really believe anything they hear. Don’t be taken in by people like that.” ” 2 Timothy 3:1-5 ” Living Bible
That’s quite an indictment; hardly a positive description of human character as the end of the age draws near. Just remember, if you look behind the masks of (spiritual and moral) pretense, you’ll most likely find patterns of behavior that negate its validity. The warning is clear; do not be deceived by the songs of these mockingbirds.
To mock God is to pretend to love and serve him when we do not; to act in a false manner, to be insincere and hypocritical in our professions… anything that amounts to insincerity is mockery” ” Charles G. Finney
Mockers and scoffers are often the outspoken freethinkers of the world. When it comes to men and women of faith, they ridicule, discredit, misrepresent and oppose the devotees and the teachings of the scriptures. This brand of skeptic and scoffer has been around since the foundation of Christianity and they will be here until the final trumpet sounds. Not merely content to disagree, they look for ways to make the beliefs of millions appear irrelevant, incompetent, or intolerable. The Newer Testament writer Peter warned about them,
3 “First, I want to remind you that in the last days there will come scoffers (mockers) who will do every wrong they can think of and laugh at the truth. 4 This will be their line of argument: “So Jesus promised to come back, did he? Then where is he? He’ll never come! Why, as far back as anyone can remember, everything has remained exactly as it was since the first day of creation.” ” 2 Peter 3:3-4
Maybe it’s just me, but I think every family has at least one of these mockers. You can do and say just about any crazy thing you like in their presence ” except tell the truth from a scriptural perspective.
To be fair, not all who fit the biblical description of a mocker are loud and obnoxious. Some quietly scoff or laugh under their breath, while others politely dismiss faith in God with self-deceiving defenses like “that’s not my thing” or “God is not for everyone”. Since the Almighty himself has set the rules for the redemption of mankind, to dismiss Him is to mock him. It really doesn’t matter how polite or kindhearted you are about it. God makes the rules, not us. If you want His help, His blessings and all of His many benefits, then you will have to learn to come to the Creator on His terms.
Don’t be a fool. Recognize your dependence on God. As the days become dark and the nights become dreary, realize that there is a God who rules above.” ” Martin Luther King Jr.
Our Creator once took human form as a man called Jesus. While living among us, He worked to make Himself and the Divine strategy known to all who have eyes to see. Jesus left no room for debate. He said unequivocally,
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” ” John 14:6 ” New Living Translation
Mockers will continue to heap contempt upon those who maintain that there is but one revealed way of redemption. Christians are told to pay them no mind. We are instructed to remain faithful and obedient to the Word of Truth. Continue to declare His certainty to all who will listen and “All things will work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
Just one more thing to all who would mock and scorn, consider this verse from the scriptures,
7 “Don’t be misled you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. 8 Those that live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. ” Gal 6:7-8 ” New Living Translation
It is called the law of the harvest: “A man reaps what he sows” (Galatians 6:7). This law applies to everyone, including those who do not believe in Biblical truth. If your focus in life is merely self-centered and worldly, you are sowing seeds to your lower nature. This action will have consequences. What you do will come back to you. Sow your seeds to the wind and you will reap the whirlwind. (Hosea 8:7)
It can hurt deeply to be ridiculed, mocked and scorned ” out loud or in secret. As followers of the Liberator Jesus, we will get over it. On the other hand, those of you who continually mock and scorn, remember this: the Creator sees all things and one day He will have the final say ” whether you like it or not, whether you believe it or not. You can ridicule, mock and scorn me all you like,but God will not be mocked.
Lord, please let the blinders fall away so that some may find revelation at this moment and turn from their darkness to your marvelous light. Amen.
Joseph A. Cerreta, PhD., is a noted author, broadcaster, a popular Bible teacher and a rabbid Coastal Junkie®
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