Reblogging from Practical Bible Teaching.  A good word for today.  It is so tempting to jump in to correct others.  But why spend the energy in an activity that will not gain anything?  Rather spend the energy promoting the good.

Pondering the Principles of Proverbs

BatmanMost everyone recognizes this classic representation of “Good vs. Evil.”

The Joker, Batman’s arch-villain, mocks and opposes all things good. He is generally regarded as a homicidal maniac, and although he has had many chances to end the Joker’s existence, Batman has repeatedly failed to do so.

Therefore, the struggle of good and evil continues in Gotham City.

The Joker, and his persistent desire to establish anarchy as a way of life within the fictional Gotham City, represent something more than just the struggle of good and evil.

The Joker’s twisted, maniacal psyche serves as the epitome representation for those who would continue in a lifelong pursuit of evil. While it is true that his character is over-the-top compared to today’s relevant evil, he is, nonetheless, worth observing for some life lessons.
One consistent characteristic of The Joker is his ability to mock, in a sarcastic manner, anything that resembles the good in life.
One consistent characteristic of many people of today is their ability to mock anything or anyone with whom they disagree.
I can understand this coming from those who have no knowledge; nothing better to do than to try to make themselves appear smarter, wiser, better than those whom they put down. But, I find it difficult to accept from those who claim to be Christian.

Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse, and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury. Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you (Pro. 9:7-8)

This version uses the word “scoffer” and others use “mocker” or “scorner.” They each have the same basic meaning as given below. Noun The feeling or belief that someone or something is worthless or despicable; contempt. Verb Feel or express contempt or derision for.
The etymology of the word “scorn” is of interest for this discussion.
Our English word traces its origin back through the Romance languages to the Latin “ex cornu,” which means “without horn.”
In the Bible, “horn” often symbolizes authority. (Ps. 92:10; and Daniel 7 & 8)
It has been my experience and observation that those who mock, ie, scorn, are simply trying to take away any perceived authority of the one whom they mock. Those who mock Christianity are trying to take away what they perceive as authority in the spiritual realm. Those who mock the president are trying to take away any aspect of authority with the office.
It has often been said that those who criticize others are merely trying to make themselves look good.
Look once again at the passage cited from Proverbs for this discussion. Everything that has been said thus far has been by way of introduction. We are told to “not correct those who mock.”
Many believers in my experience expend great energy trying to correct the misconceptions of those who object to or rail against Christianity. I’ve also seen this among my Muslim friends. I’ve seen it among those who are politically active.
But, this verse says plainly, “Don’t do it.”
Unless you are a masochist.
A wise person will soon understand by observation that a scoffer loves scoffing, a mocker loves mocking.
Why then expend energy trying to correct them?
Haven’t you experienced this yourself, if you are a corrector? Haven’t you gotten your fair share of abuse as a result? Have you ever converted a mocker to your way of thinking?
The verse goes on to say that we should spend those energies on the wise.
Correct a wise person. Reprove a wise person. Then you will have reward for your efforts.
There is a MAJOR problem with this, however.
Wise people seldom need correction or reproof!
Now, what are you going to do if you have no one to correct?!?
Oh, my! Maybe take the beam out of your own eye? (Matt. 7:5)
Maybe join the ranks of the wise?

Take courage…the battle is the Lord’s

Acts 23:2-11

 And the high priest Ananias commanded those who stood by him to strike him on the mouth. Then Paul said to him, “God will strike you, you whitewashed wall! For you sit to judge me according to the law, and do you command me to be struck contrary to the law?”

 And those who stood by said, “Do you revile God’s high priest?”

 Then Paul said, “I did not know, brethren, that he was the high priest; for it is written, ‘You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people.’ ”

But when Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, “Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee; concerning the hope and resurrection of the dead I am being judged!”

And when he had said this, a dissension arose between the Pharisees and the Sadducees; and the assembly was divided. For Sadducees say that there is no resurrection—and no angel or spirit; but the Pharisees confess both. Then there arose a loud outcry. And the scribes of the Pharisees’ party arose and protested, saying, “We find no evil in this man; but if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him, let us not fight against God.”

Now when there arose a great dissension, the commander, fearing lest Paul might be pulled to pieces by them, commanded the soldiers to go down and take him by force from among them, and bring him into the barracks.

 But the following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Be of good cheer, Paul; for as you have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome.”

 Take courage!  It looked bad.  Violence can cause fear to arise but we serve a God greater than any opposition.  Take courage!  The voice of God alone brings comfort.  The battle is His.  Let us not fight against God…wise advice.  There are times we disagree with one in a position of power or authority.  It is good to remember that God is in control and placed individuals where they are for his purpose.  It is our responsibility to look to ourselves, and as Daniel did in Babylon, refuse to participate in that which is contrary to God’s will.  We have the opportunity to voice our concerns with silent ballot whether it be politics or religion.  We do not have to participate in the violent language of the society in which we live.  We have weapons that are not of this world.  There is the power of prayer, strong united fellowship and a deep relationship with the God of the universe.  Paul was faithful to voice the message of Christ.  For that he found himself the target of violence.  In that he was comforted with the words; Take Courage!  straight from the mouth of God.  We can find comfort in the voice of God.  We can stand firm in our convictions with the spirit of  calm.  Jesus said be wise as serpents, harmless as doves.  He said we were going into face opposition and violence.  He also said, frequently, Fear not.  Our world may be rapidly changing and not in the direction we would wish.  Lets put our energy into gaining strength from the Word of God, unity with fellow believers and teaching the young by word and by action to stand firm in the truth we find in the Word of God.  Take courage!   The battle is the Lord’s.