Leading a revolt is not something I would normally engage in. Today however, is the perfect day for a sign-toting, parade-forming, march-on-Washington, kind of revolt. It starts with first understanding the overwhelming need for a Revolt on Sarcasm.
When dealing with people do you notice an undertone of sarcasm in your conversation? Do you detect a faint hint of a mocking joke? Ah, the classic symptoms are there. Main stream media and entertainment is filled with sarcasm, but why? And it IS entertaining! But do we really need it in our daily lives? What does it tell us about the person delivering the stench-filled pong of satirical rhetoric?
The evidence of sarcasm in one’s life, is proof of a seed buried in the soil of their heart. That seed is called bitterness.
Bitterness, when left untreated, affects every area of life especially attitudes towards people.
How many times have you seen the effects of bitterness on a person. This is the person who upon introduction to any positive event, quickly mobilizes, using sarcasm to disassemble that event. Why? Is that positive event, lets say for instance a miracle, a threat to them? Is it a bomb needing to be deactivated for fear that it would explode and kill millions? A miracle? Miracles and positives under attack are placed there by the bitter remnants of a heart left untreated.
It says in Ephesians 4: 31-32 (KJV) Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking be put away from you with all malice: 32. And be ye kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
If sarcasm’s root is born in the seed of bitterness then lets start at the seed. Bitterness is an invasive weed, choking out all productivity in the heart. We’ve all seen the harried housewife with three miserable children making loud sarcastic comments to their beleaguered husband in the middle of the grocery store. (Dare I say, that I’ve ever been that woman!) This woman’s heart is full of anger, resentment and bitterness. Oh what is to be done?
What is the cure?
But alas, the cure lies there in the scriptures (God’s revealed Will to his kids)Ephesians 4:31 Be ye kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another. But how! How can a woman whose heart is filled to the brim with this filthy stuff get rid of it all? Be ye kind. Kindness is the only known cure for bitterness. Not just any kindness either. This is a much bigger the right thing at the right time kind of kindness. In the Greek this word kindness (according to my Strong’s concordance) is chrestos- meaning gracious and goodness coming from the root word chraomai-meaning to furnish what is needed at the time. Now you know the cure for bitterness lets talk about how one would acquire just the right kindness to do the job.
Who better to go to than God, to find out what will be just right in the situation?
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not unto thine own understanding. James 2:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. Here is the tool and it’s God’s best in every situation! How can you go wrong when its his ultimate wisdom and knowledge.
For the good of this revolt may I point out…
When you go to God, keep in mind a simple question. A question that will move you out of hardness and rebellion and into meekness. That is “God if you were me, how would you get over the bitterness in this situation?” You can’t go wrong by asking that simple phrase. Phil. 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. He’s made his will clear back in Ephesians 4:31. (see top of blog page)