Monday, March 21, 2016

Verbal Bullies

I don’t like being yelled at.

Two times in my life verbal bullies have yelled at me.   Once was at a Pro-Life “March for Life” in Washington D.C, another was walking to a John McCain rally during the 2008 Presidential race.

Verbal bullies had set up at strategic locations with bullhorns so they could bully those who differed from their views.

Bullying by protestors to an ideology or opinion is real, harsh, and unpleasant as it quenches the freedom of speech and antagonizes attendees at peaceful rallies.  It required exercising self-control to not be offended, as well as to not retaliate.

With current trends being vocal protests with violent retaliations, it is worth noting the difference a relationship with God through Jesus Christ provides.

One of the things that Jesus endured on the way to his vicarious, atoning and substitutionary death was vocal protests against his person and position.

It is said, “they hurled insults at him”.  Being verbally bullied is provocative and can provoke anger or an emotional shut down.  Jesus yielded to neither position.

Next time any of us are verbally bullied for our person, our position on issues, or preferred presidential candidate, let us be less like ourselves by doing what we want to do, but rather choose to more like Christ.

Jesus was “overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death”, yet, superimposed his emotions with this prayer to the Heavenly Father, “not my will but thine be done”.

As we journey in this world, let us identify with the death and resurrection of Christ,

Let us not be bullied into anger or emotional shut down by the verbal bullies of this life.

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