Standing Up to Bullies


Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.


A couple of days ago, social media was abuzz with the news that Rosanne Barr tweeted a racist remark about Valerie Jarrett, one of Barack Obama’s top advisers.

I won’t repeat the tweet, but I must applaud ABC for immediately cancelling Rosanne’s show, despite the financial ramifications losing their top-rated program. This has not been Rosanne’s first vulgar, crass statement, but it is certainly one that carries consequences. And it reminds me of a growing problem in our society: bullying.

Bullying is not only aimed at children, as Ms Jarrett learned this week. Many women, including Christian wives and mothers, are targets. Notice I say targets instead of victims, because we must to all we can not to validate and enable the bullies.

Most bullies are actually cowards, but some of them are so out of control that they enjoy confrontation. WE ARE MOST LIKE CHRIST WHEN WE SAY NOTHING AT ALL.

Valerie Jarrett handled the situation beautifully and with class when she released this statement: “I think we have to turn it into a teaching moment. I’m fine. I’m worried about all the people out there who don’t have a circle of friends and followers who come right to their defense — the person who’s walking down the street minding their own business, and they see somebody cling to their purse or run across the street, or every black parent I know who has a boy, who has to sit down and have a conversation, ‘the talk,’ as we call it. And as you say, those ordinary examples of racism that happen every single day.”

How easy it would have been for her to retaliate, but instead she handled it like I’m sure the Proverbs 31 woman would have.