How Jesus Handles Bullies

[From the archives.]

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Bullying is bad. I should know.

You probably think I’m about to go into a story from my childhood about how I was bullied. Well, I could. But I’m not going to.

You see, while it’s true I was bullied in school there were times when I was the one doing the bullying. Being both the bully and the bullied can certainly give one a sense of how bad bullying is. Perhaps that’s why an article I read recently was so gratifying.

Using Power Rightly & Wrongly

Chy Johnson started high school this year. If that weren’t hard enough, Chy is also a person with a brain disorder. She’s easy to pick on and she was bullied from the start. Chy’s mother knew only one other student at school so she called him to see if she could learn who was doing this to her daughter. She called the right guy.

Carson Jones is a senior, strikingly handsome, and the quarterback of the football team. When he got the call from Chy’s mom he did something better than hand over a few names.

He started spending time with Chy.

Then he introduced his teammates to Chy as well. Now the players eat lunch with her, walk her to class, and the word has gotten out around school that bullying Chy is not OK.

Chy Johnson and the Queens Creek football team — BYU.edu (by way of Yahoo.com)

Chy Johnson and the Queens Creek football team — BYU.edu (by way of Yahoo.com)

Carson is quoted as saying, “They’re not bullying her anymore because they’ve seen her with us or something,” while another senior, Tucker Workman, explains, “It feels good to know that we helped someone else, because you know, we’re doing good, everything for us is going well, but someone else needs to feel good, too.”

Jesus and Bullies

The bullying Jesus confronted in the Bible could be quite subtle and at other times quite blatant, yet in each case we see his consistent gentle love quite plainly.

He is gentle with the woman dragged before him and blatantly bullied as she faces charges of adultery. (John 8:1-11.)

He is gentle with the Pharisee who subtly bullies while he sneers at the prostitute who bathes Jesus’ feet with her tears. (Luke 7:36-39.)

Jesus does not ignore bullying, but he addresses it in ways that show the love of God to all around him. Jesus does the same for us. He advocates for us in our weakness. (1 John 2:1.) He gave us the Holy Spirit, the advocate who is with each of us always. (John 16:7-11.) And not even the biggest bully of all, Satan, can speak against us:

Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. (Romans 8:34.)

I am grateful for people like Carson and Tucker and their teammates who will intercede on behalf of a young girl.

Even more so, I am grateful that we have an eternal Protector who intercedes for us. Thank you, Jesus.

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9 Responses to How Jesus Handles Bullies

  1. Like how you handled this topic.

  2. Jeannie says:

    I remember being very touched by this post when it first ran. They really do show the love of Jesus by advocating and interceding for someone else. Wonderful!

  3. Mary Anne says:

    Because I have some understanding of French (read it better than I speak it, but I can sort of converse) I once had the opportunity to sit next to a French woman in a congregation I was attending and translate some things in the sermon for her; she understood some English but not enough to catch everything that was said. On the reading of “If any man sin, he has an Advocate with the Father . . .” I translated, “Il est notre avocat” (He is our advocate). It was a little while later before I realized that what I had said could be translated as “He is our lawyer.” But now that I think it over, that’s not such a bad translation–Jesus is like our attorney for the defense, isn’t He? 😉

  4. tlehmann says:

    What an inspiring article. Bullying is a major issue and I enjoyed how you weaved scripture into a modern day and historical concern. Keep up the good work!

    • Tim says:

      Thanks. Bullying has been around for millennia, so I am grateful that our Savior is gentle with us in our weakness.

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