In today’s episode, the guys discuss the topic of bullying. To begin, they share their own stories of experiencing bullying. Humans like to see justice and retribution, but how can we as Christians demonstrate love for the bully? When it comes to justice, there are certain times when we see something and need to put a stop to it right away. If verbal interaction doesn’t stop the bullying from happening, there may be a precedent for getting physically involved. The other side of the story is that bullies are often being bullied themselves by someone else. However, we are reminded that all of our actions come from the heart and this is not an excuse. We must find a way to show the bully compassion and empathy, recognizing that the things which happen to and around us shape our sin.
It’s so important as Christians that we discipline ourselves back into a gospel mindset and remember how we look in God’s sight. Bullying is often the misunderstanding of what a person in power should be like. The gospel, when understood, is revelatory and keeps you humble. Understanding our own need for grace should prevent anyone from becoming a bully when it comes to evangelism. The Scripture further admonishes us as fathers not to provoke our children to wrath, also a form of bullying.
If we see someone being bullied, we should intervene to the best of our ability and tell authorities so that the bully will not go on to bully another person. For anyone listening who may be currently experiencing bullying, you are reminded that your hope can not lie in the circumstances changing, because people will be people wherever you go. Rather, your hope should be in understanding who you are in the sight of God and who He is in you. It is also very important to forgive those who have done wrong to you and never carry resentment. Your identity and value comes from Christ alone.