A proud and haughty man--'Scoffer' is his name; He acts with arrogant pride.
But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, 'Raca,' is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell.
Training for man's army and God's army divides on the subject of scoffing. Master sergeants are famous for outrageous put-downs of new recruits. The Lord of hosts is famous for amazing pull-ups of new recruits: from death to life by Way of His Son.
Toward His elect, God's purpose is elevation: ' 'Build up, build up, prepare the way, remove every obstacle out of the way of My people.' For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, Whose Name is Holy, 'I dwell on a high and holy place... In order to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite' ' (Isaiah 57:14-15).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: As warriors of revival, 'The joy of the Lord is your strength' (Nehemiah 8:10). Toward insiders and outsiders, continue as the Good News patrol: 'Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen' (Ephesians 4:29).
Many of you have faced dream haters: people who scoffed at your calling to enter the mission field of media. God's warning to dream haters is severe. So be encouraged and encourage others: 'Love your neighbor as yourself' (Mark 12:31).
Consider one superstar preacher from the 19th century, Charles Spurgeon. Surely, this man of God faced scoffers. To them he said:
'To be laughted at is no great hardship to me. I can delight in scoffs and jeers. Caricatures, lampoons, and slanders are my glory. But that you should turn from your own mercy, that is my sorrow. Spit on me, but, oh, repent! Laugh at me, but, oh, believe in my Master! Make my body as the dirt of the streets, but damn not your own souls!'
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Soldier's Orders series.