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Topic: Bullies (08/09/04)

TITLE: Bringing Bulllies to Their Knees
By Marina Rojas


Bullies tend to bring out the cowardice streak that’s usually well hidden in all of us. If a bully’s wrath comes upon us, we begin to rue the day we were born. Avoidance becomes a favorite tactic. If a bully’s wrath comes upon someone we know, we learn how to shake our heads in sympathy, relieved in knowing that we’re not the bully’s target.

But what happens when the bully happens to want to push us around about our Christianity? What happens when that bully is a family member, who will mock your faith in front of everyone at the Christmas dinner party? What happens when that bully is a respected member of the community that scoffs at your desire to say a prayer before a business breakfast meeting? What happens if the bully who wants to put a stop to you practicing Christianity…is your boss?

One of the favorite bully stories of all time is that of Goliath and the little shepherd boy named David. We have all read the story of David’s victory, and seen Sunday school pictures of the big Philistine reeling from the rock between the eyes. Doesn’t David seem so brave? Doesn’t the bully seem so vulnerable?

When David first met Goliath face to face, the bully mocked him. He even called David a stick. David could see the giant bully in front of him. He knew that the bully was big. He knew the bully was mean. He knew that all of the odds were against him winning any battle with Goliath.

David was not looking at the physical fight, though. He knew that there was a real spiritual battle taking place and he knew that THAT battle always belonged to the Lord. Facing up to the challenge, he relied on the armor of God, going into battle with a holy anger from hearing God and His people being made fun of. I can imagine seeing the slow burn in his eyes as he asked, “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”

Have you ever given thought about today’s anti-Christian bullies that way? Who ARE those uncircumcised Philistines, that they should defy the armies of the living God, anyway?

When we encounter a bully today who wants to mock us and our God, we should ask for a spirit like David’s to overtake us. When we encounter a bully who wants to put out our spiritual light, let us remember the holy indignation that David felt well up in his chest when he first heard the taunts from the big ugly bully. Let us surrender the battle to the Lord and have him show us where the smooth stones in our sling should be directed.

Let God teach us to hold our own against the anti-Christian bullies in this world, while standing up to them for their own good. After all, we may be the only adversary to bring those bullies to their knees….and to the foot of the cross.


Member Comments
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Dori Knight08/16/04
a very good lesson. thanks for sharing this marina! blessings!
Dian Moore08/16/04
Well said. I hope we all take your words to heart the next time our precious Christ is maligned.
darlene hight08/16/04
Who is that uncircumcised Phillistine? I love that thought and you're right we need the spirit of David to battle those who would belittle and malign God and His people.
Randy Chambers08/16/04
This piece truly inspired me. It’s good to be reminded to stand up and see the giants through the eyes of God.
Mary Elder-Criss08/17/04
Wonderful piece! I know personally that nothing angers me more than having my faith mocked. That we all should respond as David did..thanks for this important reminder. With love, Mary
John Hunt08/18/04
A very thought provoking peice. We would do well to always remember that underneath it all, it is always a spiritual battle.
Great job!
Joanne Malley08/19/04
Wonderful piece. I like the originality of using non-christians as our bullies. Good job.
L.M. Lee08/21/04
we may be the only adversary to bring those bullies to their knees….and to the foot of the cross

Amen! We need to be who we really are!
Deborah Anderson08/22/04
Very informative article with many lessons to be learned from it. Thank you so much and God bless.