I have been concerned lately with the state of our world when it comes to bullying! Not a week goes by that I'm not confronted with it either by youth in our church, my own kids, or even myself or other adults. We seem to think it is okay if we are the one who is bullying and write it off as just letting people know how we feel and think. It's not okay anytime when we are causing another harm. It is not the Christian way! The Bible doesn't talk directly about bullying, but that doesn't mean that we can't use bibilical principles to address the issue. The Bible commands us to love our neighbor as ourselves (Mark 12:31) and to treat others the way we would like to be treated (Luke 6:31). There is no room in the Christian faith for belittling or abusing someone. Every person, regardless of what he or she looks or acts like, is created in the image of God (Gen. 1:26-27; James 3:9-10) and is worthy of the dignity that God gives to every person.
Bullying, therefore is never okay. Thirty percent of students admit to bullying other students. We should make sure we aren't counted among them (1 John 4:20). As Christians, we are called to honor God with our words (Eph. 4:20) and our actions (James 1:22). We should constantly examine our actions and motives to make sure they line up with these standards, asking God whether there is anything unpleasing to him (Psa. 139:23-24).
So how should we respond if we witness someone being bullied? Speak out in love to both the bully and the one being bullied. Remind both of who they are in Christ. Tell someone if we don't feel like we can stand up to it. Not doing anything is an act of bullying.
Brothers and Sisters as our world becomes more and more divided we need to be in a Spirit of Unity and peace. The Church and the Christian family should be the safest place on earth!
Your Brother In Christ, Pastor Dan Johnson