Recently I was talking to a young lady who is oftentimes ridiculed for being a “goody goody” and it made me think of so many other young people who are made to feel ashamed for being good Christians. What kind of a messed up world are we living in when those who live righteously are mocked? When did it become acceptable to belittle someone based solely on the fact that they have chosen a life that lines up with the Word as opposed to submitting to the pressure that the world places on them to conform?
This is not exclusive to our children. Many adults are faced with this same trouble. Friends poke fun behind their backs because they don’t participate in the same “recreational” activities or refuse to follow the crowd.
Well, the good news is, those who are being mocked right now…you are in the same shoes that Jesus once walked. So let people laugh and make fun. Recall to mind the words of your childhood, “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me!” Don’t respond to their attacks in anger, but with gentleness and grace. It has been my experience that people make fun of what they don’t understand. So make it a point to show them the way to the same Jesus that you serve by not retaliating. After all, if you seek vengeance, are you really any different than the rest of the world?
“Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.”
(1 Peter 3:13-17 NIV)