«How long will you who are simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?» (Proverbs 1:22, NW).
Do you know anyone who enjoys making fun of others? Yes, one of those who give nicknames to teachers and classmates, who are sarcastic, love to joke around and whose extreme criticism is oppressive and stifling. They’re also ingenious at finding the most insignificant details about your physical or emotional traits to later magnify them in front of others. At some point in time we’ve all been the victims of these mockers. One year, while I was in college, after an excellent season of basketball tournaments, thought I wasn’t on the school team, I became the champion at scoring baskets. But then a new PE teacher arrived to coach the college team and invited me to join the basketball team. However, he didn’t allow me to play. There was a guy who was a good friend of his and wouldn’t stop making fun of me.
He gave me a nasty nickname and made fun of me because I was a reserve player and didn’t play. During training he never failed to tease me. The trainer noticed it but didn’t seem to care. Meanwhile, I tried to concentrate on the exercises they asked us to do. The guy was rude, joked around and made fun of the other players too. He was a hindrance to establishing discipline in the team. Everything seemed chaotic and it was later noticed during official games. That season was terrible, in part, because a sarcastic guy prevented a respectful, orderly, and serious work environment from being established in the team.
Those who make fun of others are actually very insecure. They only want to give the appearance of being very sure of themselves and sidetrack attention from their own vulnerability, a product of their obvious inferiority complex. That’s why they take it out on others by criticizing them with unwarranted fury, getting pleasure out of seeing others suffer. A young Christian should never make fun of others.
So, how should we deal with those who make fun of us? We should ignore them. By heeding them, you only add more fuel to the fire. And that’s precisely what they want to achieve. However, the truth is that their sarcastic words sometimes remain in our minds and cause great harm. That’s why you should especially remember that you are of great value to God and your family. So, you should counter the poisonous darts of these cruel wannabes with solid statements that help you keep a healthy self-esteem. The following is one of my favorites: «Since you were precious in My sight, you have been honored, and I have loved you» (Isa 43:4).