An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Mock Fights

(Proverbs 17:5 KJV)  Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.

I believe there is a group that “mocks” (3932) the “poor” (7326) and gets away with it.  That group is the poor itself.  I see it every day at school.  Students will make fun of other students for some of the same characteristics that they show themselves.  Sometimes it will be cleanliness, calling someone else “dirty.”  Sometimes it will be racial features such as “nappy-headed.”  Some will mock those who are serious about school, “school-boy,” or showing thrift “shop at Pic and Save.”

There is an attitude of superiority that we can fall into.  I find myself looking down my nose at people who use certain translations or follow certain theological persuasions.  I might have a bit of condensation toward someone struggling with a habit that doesn’t bother me.  At the same time I have plenty of excuses for my failings.

So?  There is a time to rebuke and reprove.  That is not mocking.  There is also a time for support and acceptance.  We each need to examine our hearts and motives because you had better believe that God is. 


Gorges Smythe said...

One of my favorite quotes comes from "It Can't Happen Here," by Sinclair Lewis. "Every man is a king who has someone to look down upon."

Pumice said...

I am not sure if I had heard that one. It is certainly a sad truth.

Grace and peace.