Blessings crown the head of the righteous. - Proverbs 10:6

Family Issues

Featured Article:
The Problem with a Bully


It appears most people define a “bully” as the strong and mean intimidating the weak and meek. At one time bullying meant mean kids picking on weaker or disadvantaged kids. I think that definition is obsolete.

Contemporary bullying appears to be an activity one engages in because he or she has failed to make a case democratically, logically, rhetorically, or legally. We saw this over the past year when speakers were shouted down at university events as being “too” liberal or “too” conservative. This form of bullying still uses intimidation but has combined it with disruption techniques designed to silence a different point of view. This form of bullying is the contingent remedy for those who cannot win their argument through dialogue or democratic means.

Heather Gerken, the dean of Yale Law School, wrote a great single-paged article on this topic in the July 24, 2017 issue of Time magazine. You can read it here.

As Christians our calling is simple – speak the truth (Zechariah 8:16; Ephesians 4:25). That directive might appear to permit disruptive protests to drown out contrary voices. Scripture, however, provides the caveat to speak the truth “in love” (Ephesians 4:15).

It makes sense, when you think about it. We cannot “correct, rebuke, and encourage” (2 Timothy 4:2), love our enemies and do good to those who hate us (Luke 6:27) if we are insulting, disrupting, and harsh. The calling to be lights in a sin-darkened world (Philippians 2:15) is predicated on having and nurturing a relationship. You cannot nurture a relationship through methods of disruption and disrespect.

Our ultimate goal is not to win an argument but to communicate the truth of God’s love in Jesus Christ. Our message is God’s instrument for changing hearts. Drowning out a contrary voice – even a heretic – forfeits an opportunity to speak the truth and to be heard.

Jesus walked among the tax collectors, prostitutes, zealots, laborers, Pharisees, and religious leaders. Some had nothing but contempt for who he was and what he was saying. Nevertheless, with great patience and careful instruction, he spoke the truth in love. It pushed some further away (Matthew 12:14) and brought other closer (John 3).

In this imperfect world there is always error. Our objective standard of truth is Scripture. To share its message of truth we need to build bridges and not walls whether our topics are abortion, euthanasia, evolution, creation, or salvation. For the follower of Christ taking the high road of speaking the truth in love is our only road – even when confronting a bully.

~ Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director of Christian Life Resources

   July 20, 2017


More Family Issues Articles



The Problem with a Bully
It appears most people define a “bully” as the strong and mean intimidating the weak and meek. At one time bullying meant mean kids picking on weaker or disadvantaged kids....
July 20th, 2017
Charlie Gard Is Us
Charles (Charlie) Gard was born on August 4, 2016. He was diagnosed with infantile-onset encephalomyopathic mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome (also known as MDDS). Simply stated,...
July 18th, 2017
Trained to Live Forever: End-of-Life Resuscitation Orders
People don’t want to talk about dying. In 2015, according to the Funeral and Memorial Information Council, 69% of adults over the age of 40 indicated they would prefer to pre-arrange...
July 7th, 2017
Caregiving: Christian Helping and Coping
When you pass through the waters I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the...
March 1st, 2017
The Whole Pcture Needs the Full Gospel
In early 2007 I was in Rio de Janeiro during a visit to our son and his family, while he served as a WELS missionary in Brazil. The view from Sugarloaf Mountain gave me a panorama...
October 15th, 2016
Q&A on Pornography and Divorce
QUESTION: I have been married nearly 30 years. Over those years I have caught my husband buying porn magazines. I told him I don't like it. I pay the bills and this past week I...
August 30th, 2016
Fact Sheet on Vaccinations
How do immunizations work? Immunizations, or vaccinations/vaccines, increase the body’s own antibodies to a specific illness or disease. The injections contain a small amount...
August 24th, 2016
When Normal Is Not Enough
When her parents announced her birth, everyone knew life would become more complicated. Connie was born with a condition called “Down syndrome.”  Genetically, most...
June 15th, 2016
A Blessing to the Ministry: Loving Moms Classes
Christian Life Ministries’ New Day Center in Little Canada, MN, started its “Loving Moms” classes in June 2010 by former CLM Center Director, Sharon Kurtzahn. The...
June 15th, 2016
Is There a Place Within Christian Marriage to Use Birth Control?
Yes, but an explanation is in order. God is the author of human life (Deuteronomy 32:39), and human beings are the stewards (Genesis 9:5). Although Christians may decide when to have...
June 15th, 2016


Things to Consider

The Problem with a Bully - THE LATEST FROM CLR'S NATIONAL DIRECTOR

It appears most people define a “bully” as the strong and mean intimidating the weak and meek. At one time bullying meant mean kids picking on weaker or disadvantaged kids....

more...

Would a friend, relative, or acquaintance find a particular page or article useful? Fill out the form below to send it to a friend!

 
 Your Name:    
 Your Email:    
   
 Friend's Name:    
 Friend's Email:    
 Include Note:    
 Type the 2 words:
 

Please fill out the small form below to leave a comment or suggestion about the page you were just visiting.  Any and all feedback is appreciated!  Your feedback will help make our website even better.

 
 Your Name:    
 Email:    
 Phone:    
 Feedback:    
 Type the 2 words:
 
Quantcast