You Big Bully!
2 Sam. 9:1
Now David said, “Is there still anyone who is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”
Davud showed kindness to Mephibosheth. Who was Mephibosheth? He was the son of Jonathan, David’s best friend. He was also the grandson of King Saul. In spite of the fact that Saul tried to kill David, he still loved and honored Saul’s position and God-given authority. As a result of this, he wanted to bless someone in Saul’s family, and that was Mephibosheth.
That is the backstory. But the rest of the story is found in 2 Sam. 4:4, which tells us that Mephibosheth was “crippled in both feet”. This happened at the age of five, when his nurse dropped him. Mephibosheth was disabled, and he looked at himself that way too. He probably had to put up with people making fun of him as he was growing up, and had to have been aware of people staring at him and making comments behind his back.
I hate bullies! I hate what they did to me, particularly one that I had from first grade through middle school. I hate what bullies do to others that I know and love. I am writing this to honor a friend of mine whose son was bullied. She and I want you to know how hard bullying is, not only for the victim, but for the whole family. People need to realize this. They need to understand how hard it is.
From a Christian perspective, what can we do? I would like to suggest several things we could do: Pray for the victims and their families, pray for the teachers and schools that have to deal with this, and pray that the Lord would change our hearts and deal with any unforgiveness that may remain there. Finally, we need to lock arms and support victims of bullying and their family, especially parents, grandparents, and other caregivers. We also need to support schools who need to be aware of and deal with this scourge on our society. We need to stand together in all of this.
A note to pastors and churches – you have an opportunity here to minster to many people. Not only can you show them the love of Christ, you can even lead them to Christ, if needed. Victims, families, and even bullies themselves need to hear the Word preached and see it lived out. I would like to see churches start support groups for families and friends of victims of bullying. This is not a problem the church can ignore. Show the love of Christ to all these people. Minister to them, and Christ can touch their heart. And definitely pray for them all.