“Eu não levo desaforo para casa!” This is a Brazilian saying that means: “I do not take effrontery or insults to home!” The meaning is if you say something to me that I do not like or offend me; we will resolve that right away, before I go home. I will not go home carrying the affront.
Unfortunately, this attitude is becoming commonplace and accepted among Christians. We are just reacting to people that makes fun of us with the same aggressiveness and belligerence that we see in the world, among people that do not know the Lord.
What should be our reaction when someone makes fun of us and tries to put us down ridiculing us because of our faith and dedication to the Lord and His church?
In the Psalm 123 we learn The Believers Right Attitude. The insults could come from people close to them or they could come from people that they met in their way to the temple. The psalmist also helps us to have the right attitude when we face this kind of situation. This is what he wrote:
“ I lift up my eyes to you, to you whose throne is in heaven.  As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maid look to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, till he shows us his mercy.”
The first attitude is to trust in God. The psalmist says that God is sovereign; His throne is in Heaven. He is the Lord and also He is merciful. Because of that we can trust in Him.
The second attitude is to humbly persevere. That is what we should expect from a Christian, a humble perseverance. The psalmist compares himself with slaves and the maids, waiting for his master and her mistress to answer them. He also says that they have endured all these things. The idea is not to pick a fight, but to wait on the Lord.
Finally, we should pray for mercy. We will be able to suffer this kind of scorn and jokes with prayer. We must pray for mercy. We have to ask God to have mercy and to help us to survive these attacks. God is the only one who can help us during times such as these.
Look what the Bible says about Jesus in the worst situation:
“ To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.  “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.”  When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.” 1 Peter 2:21-23”
Because we are Christians and believers we will be offended. People will make fun of us. They will call us names. Because of that we have to have the right attitude. We need to pray for mercy, humbly persevere, and trust in God.
Don’t forget, He will take care of you and He will take care of those who make fun of you.
Have a blessed week,