“Scorn”

Nearly all of us have experienced being laughed at or criticized at one time.  This may have been because of something ridiculous, mistaken or awkward we said or simply because of a stumble or pratfall.  However, this is far from the level of scorn, which involves undisguised contempt and disdain.  The one being scorned is made to feel worthless and disrespected.  It often carries a disapproving and derisive attitude.

King David had to endure such shame for his loyalty to the Lord (Ps 69: 7-12 & 19-20). He felt brokenhearted, helpless and without comforters.  Others have written similar sentiments (Ps 89:41) 

(Ps 119:22-23). David, in fact, prophesied about the scorn that Jesus Christ would someday endure on the cross, “scorned by men and despised by the people.”  “mocked and insulted…” (Ps 22:6-8)

Amazingly Jesus scorned the shame of the cross as an example to His followers so that they would not grow weary and lose heart 

(Heb 12:1-3). On one occasion when He raised a ruler’s daughter from the dead, He surely confounded the very ones who moments before had, “laughed Him to scorn.” (Mt 9: 23-26 KJV)

As 21st Century Christians we cannot expect to avoid scorn and derision for the sake of Christ (Mt 10:22-24). Surely the persecutions predicted by inspired New Testament writers were not only for 1stCentury Christians (2 Tim 3:12) (1 Thes 3:3-4) (Mt 5:11) (Mk 10:30). The question is, what will be our reaction to such abuse?  We could fight scorn from our accusers with scorn of our own, but we are told to pray for them instead (Mt 5:44). Perhaps we might say that we can scorn scorn but not the scorners.   We should also thank God that we, “have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.” (Heb 12:4)

                                                –Jim Bailey