Monday, 04 June 2012
Bullying in those days was more of teasing each other, in a mean way. Seems that things really haven't change for the better either.
I realized early on that my peers were providing themselves entertainment at my expense. As I got older I saw kids -- and even adults -- tease other kids and adults.
Again, this was at those people's expense.
This bullying or teasing is not love, as it was mean spirited. Harm of some type -- emotional or physical -- occurred.
At what cost has bullying afforded us as a society? Children committing suicide, and in some cases adults as well. Is this love? Of course not!
Who was bullied the most in History? Christ. He suffered shame and ridicule -- for what? For us. He put Himself in a position to take all the punishment and judgement so we wouldn't have to. But He did warn us that we would be persecuted as well -- because of him.
However, as Christians we haven't set the best example of love either, as History has also shown. The church has persecuted non-Christians as well; remember the Inquisition?
Who are we to Judge? No one really. Persecution is just another form of bullying -- is it not?
Love one Another then. Show compassion, mercy, and understand that the only Bible people really ever see is what we show them through our actions.
Have you or someone you know been bullied or teased? What is the long-term effect of bullying? How can those who have been bullied seek comfort in the example of Christ?