Mocking someone is more than just making fun of someone; it is an intentional way of hurting others by belittling them. All human beings are universally equal and specifically different. God dislikes mockery. It is not right to mock people. Some children throw more light on why mockery is not good. BETTY AMUKPO puts forward their views
‘Instead of mocking, let’s learn to appreciate and encourage ourselves’
As children of God, it’s not a good thing to mock people. When we mock people, we end up making them feel bad and broken. When people also mock us, do we feel good about it? If no, then don’t mock! The word of God says in Proverbs 17:5 “Whoever mocks the poor rebukes his Maker. And whoever rejoices in the ruin of another will not go unpunished.” Instead of mocking, let’s learn to appreciate and encourage ourselves.
• Sharon Okonkwo
‘Mockers never go unpunished’
If we truly love and follow Christ, we should treat others with love and not to mock them. It is not good to mock, look down or make fun of our fellow friends. Jesus Christ made it clear that this is wrong, because whenever we mock someone, we insult God and such people will not go unpunished. Psalm 1:1 says “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked nor stands in the way of the sinner, nor sits in the seat of scoffers.” The mockers defy and renounce truth and good things. They are provokers of others to do wrongs, strife and do evil but we should not heed to their provoking words. Most importantly, I want to remind us that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires. 2 Peter 3:3.
• Anita Chima
‘Mocking isn’t seen as a positive behaviour’
Mocking is the act of insulting or making light of a person or other thing, sometimes merely by taunting. Mockery isn’t seen as a positive behaviour and yet we all know someone who does it to others.
Reasons why people mock others are: • They are insecure themselves • They have low self-worth. • It helps the person feel superior • It’s an outright insult • They’re trying to fit in • Attention seeking • It’s a defense mechanism • They’re are jealous • They’re copying others • Used for persuasion • Used for humour
Bible passages on mockery include: • Proverbs 17:5 • Isaiah 37:4 • Matthew 27:28-31 • John 19:5 • 1 Peter 2:23 • Mark 14:65 • Luke 23:11 • Hebrew 11:36 • 2 Chronicles 36:16 • Genesis 4:9 • 2 Kings 2:23 • Psalm 22:7 • Acts 17:32 • Mark 15:29.
• Ojimmadu Sandra
‘God frowns at mocking others’
Mocking people is a very bad act. It is against the will of God to mock anyone. God doesn’t permit any one to mock, insult or speak ill of others. The Bible in Psalms 1:1 states that “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers.” In Proverbs 3:34, the Bible states that “God mocks proud mockers but shows favour to the humble and oppressed.” However, Galatians 6:7 says, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” We must always do the will of God and the will of God frowns at mocking others. Therefore, it is not good to mock people.
• Blossom Akalezi
‘It is bad to mock people be- cause if we do, the Lord’s anger will come upon us’
As a Catholic child I believe that it is bad to mock people because if we do, the Lord’s anger will come upon us. 2 Chronicles 36:16 explains how the people ridiculed God’s messengers and how God’s anger was so great that there was no escape. This is the consequence of mockery.
• Obhakhan Theresa Ohin