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Mick G January 18, 2016 at 9:18 pm

Very good article. My Dad worked the oilfields while I was growing up, so we moved a lot. Not being very big and almost always the new-kid in school, I learned a lot about surviving bullies and want-a-be bullies. I also learned to make friends quickly and overall, I didn’t have it any worse than the other kids, maybe better.
As an adult (a lot of people would argue I’m still not able to claim that title yet) I have done a little bit of everything in life, or so it seems. A few years ago I retired from 20+ years in education, the last 10 as an administrator. There was, and I would say still is, a strong intolerance of bullies in the school system, at least the one where I worked in here in Texas. But the saddest bullying situations were those where parents abused and bullied their own children. Too many times I watched as or was informed later that Child Protective Services, usually assisted by law enforcement, had to take a crying, screaming child from his crying, screaming parent; and I would think how everyone involved, whether they accepted the responsibility or not, except the child, knew why it was happening. The very person that the child saw as his only true security on earth was also a threat to his very life. Sometimes grandparents or other relatives were able to step in, and I met many good foster parents who were able to help. (My personal observation was there was usually a common thread of a strong belief in Christ in those people.)
Sometimes something will cause me to reflect back on a child involved in one of those incidents and I’ll pray to God that He’s intervened and all is well with that child, who is probably now at least a young adult and maybe has kids of his own. Maybe the chain will be broken. Original sin? Substance abuse? Mental illness? Demonic powers on Earth? Sometimes it all seems hopeless, but then I remind myself: Life is a team sport, and all we can do is play our position like God tells us to.
Again, a very good, though provoking article.
Mick G

Jim Schmechel January 19, 2016 at 3:17 pm

Thank you, this was timely for me 🙂

Love, Grace, Peace and Mercy to you.

Your brother in Christ Jesus,


Patricia June 6, 2016 at 12:25 pm

Jesus stood up for Himself with the Pharisees. He called them hypocrites, white-washed sepulcres, and sons of the devil. He basically told them off. He also overturned the money changers in the temple. He told the jews in there that they had turned His Father’s house, a house of prayer, into a den of theives. He also cursed a fig tree. But, He also died for us, kissed Judas for betraying him, and prayed for his enemies from the cross He was hanging from. You have to know when it is God’s will for you to defend yourself and when not. You can’t be a pushover and be mocked for loving God or being a Christian in your workplace, or your neighborhood because then it turns the whole thing into harrassment and you lose your peace and strength to be a witness for God. You can’t cast pearls to swine or give God’s goodness in the form of the Gospel to people who will not appreciate it. i was guilty of this sin as well because I thought that I was doing the right thing by tolerating the hatred of the world because I loved the Lord. He warned us that we would be hated because He was, but He never said that we had to tolerate all manner of injustice without putting a stop to it, especially when it was unwarranted. You don’t have to curse, become violent or sin in your anger, but you can stand up for yourself even if it means raising your voice and shocking someone into listening to you when they are unfairly abusing you even if it is because you are a man/woman of God. I learned this late, but i learned it! I will NEVER again let ANYONE, Christian or Secular, abuse me EVER AGAIN! 🙂 And I can say this with a resounding HALLELUJAH!!!!

Quetzal February 16, 2019 at 2:21 pm

“Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour” Why do you use “hath” instead of “has”?, and why do you use “”shalt” instead of “will”? We don’t use “hath”, “doeth” or “shalt” anymore, that is old English, we don’t speak that way anymore, the bibles have to be updated to modern English.

Jack Wellman February 16, 2019 at 3:21 pm

Hello friend. The Bibles have been updated. For example, the ESV and NASB are excellent translations for today as well as the New King James Version. The one you refer to is the King James Bible, but there are dozens more with more modern day langauge. Okay?

Bella Levi May 11, 2019 at 3:22 pm

Democracy allows us to challenge the government. Are you against democracy?

Jack Wellman May 11, 2019 at 4:41 pm

No one is against Democracy on this website, but we must stand up for what is right, more than standing up for what we want. If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything, so if you trust Democracy more than God or the Bible, then I will pray for you. You are putting words in the author’s mouth, so please refrain from such rudeness.

June Boyer June 5, 2019 at 9:16 pm

Thank you.

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