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Seat of Mockers – Part 2 of 2

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Teachers who mock God exist at all levels of education and is not restricted to college professors or the topics of evolution and Earth age. Sadly, this concept extends to some teachers who are entrusted with the responsibility of declaring God’s Truth, that is, clergy and other in the church.

Long after my college experience, I came to Christ while I lived in Colorado. Within about a year of accepting Christ, God moved our family to South Carolina. We viewed this relocation as God providing new Christians a nurturing spiritual environment in the “Bible Belt”, in contrast to the more secularized Colorado Front Range, where God is less revered, and often mocked.

Upon our arrival in South Carolina, our son started second grade in the local public school. He already harbored a love for the Word of God and took his Bible to school daily to read during break time. After a short time, his teacher requested he select alternative reading material, citing separation of church and state issues. She also cautioned us how all of our son’s artwork reflected God, Jesus, or other Biblical references. To her, this constituted a concern. To us, it constituted a concern that a woman who claimed to be Christian would react negatively to our son’s faith.

Our son’s teacher was an active member of a local, Bible-believing church. She professed to be a Christian woman and attended church regularly. Nevertheless, she feared God less than she feared the world, and loved praise from men more than praise from God (John 5:44, 10:43).

Apparently, this teacher had bought into the argument of the mockers stating Bibles cannot be read in public schools. Having done this, she must have considered her job at risk because our son’s activities could bring a lawsuit to the school and a potential loss of her job. It is quickly becoming a crime to read the Bible in public school. Ironically, public schools were established originally to teach children to read so they could read the Bible.

Our son continued to read the Bible discreetly, but continued to occupy a seat surrounded by mockers for the rest of the year. When it came time to enroll him in third grade, my wife and I committed to providing him with only a Christian education henceforth. He completed high school in private Christian schools, attended a Christian college, and is now a youth pastor.

Public schools today are programmed to mock the Word of God, so we must rely on our churches for Godly teachings. Unfortunately, mockers exist within the church as well. For example, certain Christian denominations now allow clergy to be openly homosexual. This is not normal, as God calls His spiritual leaders to be of the highest moral character (1 Timothy 3:1-7). God abhors detestable behavior (Leviticus 18:22, 20:13, Jude 7).

To endorse homosexuality mocks the Word of God (Romans 1:24-27). Sadly, many Christians sit in a seat of mockers when they attend church. Some do this in support of the mockers, some do it out of complacency; others do so unwittingly. Those who mock God seek to advance the devil’s kingdom, not the Kingdom of God.

Psalm 1 tells us it is not normal to sit in the seat of mockers. We are not to abide with those who are secure in their sin. He who is not with Jesus is against Him (Matthew 12:30) and those who teach us to sin are not appreciated by God, especially those who teach children or young Christians. “But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” (Matthew 18:6).

Psalm 1 teaches that each of us sits in a seat, be it in school, in our job, our family, our church, or other activities. We are called to be in the world, not of the world. Therefore, if you find yourself in a seat of mockers, pray for guidance. God may ask you to abandon your seat (2 Timothy 2:22); or, He may request you stay to share His Word with those who condemn the righteous. Whatever God calls you to do, be careful when you find yourself or your loved ones in the seat of mockers. Upholding His values is the normal thing to do.

“I’m Normal.” – I AM
It’s God talking to you.

In His love and service,

Jeff Myers
A servant of Jesus Christ

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