Mocking Jesus as a National Sport

After a lunch conversation today it became aware to my lunch companion and myself just how often we find ourselves mocking Jesus. Then I read an article on “Mocking Jesus is the New National Sport.” The author writes; “I pray that this will be a wake-up call for all Believers today. A wake-up call that we have got to get back into the marketplace where we live each day and boldly, without shame or compromise proclaim our faith in Christ. If this doesn’t motivate you, nothing will. For too long, we have been intimidated into keeping our mouths shut while those who live in rebellion to God speak loud and bold without fear or conscience to promote their ungodly lives and choices. ”
mock by defination: 1. To treat with ridicule or contempt; deride.
2. a. To mimic, as in sport or derision. See Synonyms at ridicule.
b. To imitate; counterfeit.
3. To frustrate the hopes of; disappoint.
To express scorn or ridicule; jeer: They mocked at the idea.
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– Perhaps we need to say:
Yes we are guilty, but perhaps we need to put ourselves under a more intense microscope and
see if there are mocking ways within us that we hadn’t seen before. Have we peeled back the layers of our sin.
Another layer – Do we participate in mockery in our daily lives as so called Christians.

Do we stand before God with hands on our hips and say to the mighty God we didn’t do anything wrong? Really?
Do we get inflamed and walk around offended, stomping our feet, all the while straddling the line of this world and Jesus’s way.

Are we buying into the world’s way of doing things slowly until we can’t tell whether something is good or evil anymore.
Do we call evil actions that are addressed in the Bible wrong or do we say sweetly, “Oh well you know how it is now, we just have to accept this situation, love, and move on.

Who’s children are we? The bible says in Hebrews 12:6, “For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.” Are we offended when someone is corrected or do we see it as a correction handed out through God’s servant to snatch the person from HELL before it’s too late. Are we personally offended today when we are corrected as being straddlers hanging between the world and God’s way?
Have we have accepted and spoken for the counterfeit culture of God (the world) with our mouth as if nothing is wrong?
Are we spineless? Matthew 10:33 says, “But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven? (Terrifying thoughts to me.)

Certainly if we accept the correction and get off the fence we will stand before the Lord
and He’ll say welcome in and those who were BOLD AS LIONS in pointing out our wrong thinking will clap their hands as one more joins the line up at JESUS’s DOOR which says WELCOME to HEAVEN.

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Author: rko777

I am a novice writer and painter who loves to be creative. I love singing but can't sing without a hymnal, except for children's songs. I love to make up my own songs and love the old hymns. I love to garden and got that love from my Mom and Dad who taught be everything I know from planting to harvesting to canning. I'm happy gardening, walking with my pug, JD Sir Winston Churchill, painting, and crafting. I love to spend Saturday's sitting in my rocker going through a bible study. I love working with elementary school aged children and seeing them use their creative gifts. I have taught Sunday school for a number of years and taught in the public schools for 18 years. I might say I'm retired but I spend most of my time subbing and enjoy it immensely. The kids spark my own creativeness.

11 thoughts on “Mocking Jesus as a National Sport”

  1. A few scriptures that come to my mind on how to treat unbelievers and believers in sin and how we should all be treated.
    Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the LORD. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you. II Corinthians 6:17

    Revelation 18:4 Then I heard another voice from heaven say: “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues;

    For Christians Caught in Sexual Sin – Read and Study; 1 Corinthians 5

    Galatians 6:1-3 when caught in a sin….

  2. Yes…looking at ourselves more closely under the microscope might reveal a startling reality. Paul says in Romans, “You are so proud of knowing the law of God but you dishonor God by breaking it. As it is written: “God’s name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.” Rom.2:24 And Ezekiel says in 36:23…”I will show how holy my great name is–the name on which you brought shame among the nations.
    Sara has been pointing out frequently, lately, that our good witness is shattered when we, for whatever reason….appeasement, fear, sloppy life style, compromise our Christian testimony; then when the exact moment for the Holy Spirit to move upon a heart, arrives, our testimony is shot full of little holes. It won’t hold water ( of the Spirit).

  3. When I look at mocking Jesus or God from a black and white perspective, it seems to me we mock Him whenever we pursue and seek to gratify our own thoughts, desires and actions. But when I read and think about Galations 6:7,8 it seems that our mocking is really turned back on us and ultimately we pay a price. “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”

  4. “Mocking Jesus is a National Sport….” Paul the referee of Galatians informed us before we started there is a NO WIN! Not Ever!

    I am thinking how much time, money and energy we spend on sports. And, I am a lover of sports or I should say a fan….I spend a lot of time on sports and some seasons like this one I am a fan of a losing team. Not much fun but I keep hoping, and making excuses for why we are not winning. Hum!

    In Galatians,” Paul, the proclaimer of free grace, was driven to assert the truth of the Gospel against everyone who was not in step with the truth of the Gospel, even Peter …”( 2:14) Guess the game still goes on and the writer as mentioned in the blog calls it a New National Sport!!!!

  5. This is one of the scariest verses in the bible to me. Are we so into Mocking Jesus as a National Sport (unwilling to be instructed by the Bible and the many definitions listed above) with hands on hips and throwing our arms in the air and shouting that we got through another season (Thanksgiving, Christmas, day to day without rocking anyone emotionally. There are enough stories told daily on social media to know that this is dead wrong. The right thing done isn’t always painless to self but as Debi says whoever sows to please the Spirit, for the Spirit will reap eternal life. Perhaps spiritually as a nation we are cheering for the losing team when we should be on winning team.

    Matthew 7:21-23
    The Message (MSG)
    21-23″Knowing the correct password—saying ‘Master, Master,’ for instance— isn’t going to get you anywhere with me. What is required is serious obedience—doing what my Father wills. I can see it now—at the Final Judgment thousands strutting up to me and saying, ‘Master, we preached the Message, we bashed the demons, our God-sponsored projects had everyone talking.’ And do you know what I am going to say? ‘You missed the boat. All you did was use me to make yourselves important. You don’t impress me one bit. You’re out of here.’

  6. People will look and people will stare
    but will they see Jesus, anywhere?
    Will the love of God be seen in our house
    By our children, co-workers, friends and spouse
    We speak a big speak but do we walk a big WALK
    Is the Love of the Master heard in our talk?
    Will we deceive ourselves with a fallacious piety
    We might fool ourselves and all of society
    So that people will look and people will stare
    But will they see Jesus, anywhere?___mgh ’11

  7. Jesus looks like patience in a frustrating situation;when the car ahead of you is going too slowly and you’re late; when a student backtalks in class; or you are criticized for doing the right thing.
    Jesus looks like kindness, compassion, not just for mine & ours but for you and yours; your sicknesses, your diseases & pains; your stresses and torments and strains; Jesus looks like self-control, peace in conflict….at home or office, family or church; Jesus looks like healing, deliverance, joy in sadness; optimism and expectancy in depressive situations; Jesus looks like boldly proclaiming right from wrong and taking the heat for it. Jesus looks like selflessness, goodness, kindness, gentleness, faithful at all costs.
    Oh and Jesus looks like LOVE Personified. Because He is.
    If you find anyone, ever, that looks like all these things, then you’ve seen what Jesus looks like.

  8. I had to laugh at your Jesus look alikes, MG. I thought most of us could just look in the mirror and believe we had it all! But, walk across the floor and face the class, traffic, etc. and we surely forget. Is this the scripture that says,?

    James 1:22-25 NCV “Do what God’s teaching says; when you only listen and do nothing, you are fooling yourselves.23 Those who hear God’s teaching and do nothing are like people who look at themselves in a mirror.They see their faces and then go away and quickly forget what they looked like. But the truly happy people are those who carefully study God’s perfect law that makes people free, and they continue to study it. They do not forget what they heard, but they obey what God’s teaching says. Those who do this will be made happy.”

  9. “What does Jesus look like?”
    John saw a vision of Him on the isle of Patmos after He died and rose again and describes what he looked like in Revelation 1:13-18. Jesus told him He died and was now alive. This is who John saw and described:
    “And standing in the middle of the lampstands was someone like the Son of Man. He was wearing a long robe with a gold sash across his chest. His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow. And his eyes were like flames of fire. His feet were like polished bronze refined in a furnace, and his voice thundered like mighty ocean waves. He held seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp two-edged sword came from his mouth. And his face was like the sun in all its brilliance.
    When I saw him, I fell at his feet as if I were dead. But he laid his right hand on me and said, “Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last. I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.”

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