Thursday, April 11, 2013

Today’s Show Notes: Thursday, 11th April 2013.

(Email Kelsey) “I just wanted to share a little story with you guys! I always try to keep some tracts on me and happened to have some million-dollar-bills in my purse when my boyfriend and I were having lunch at Whole Foods in Austin yesterday. At this time of year, there are all kinds of celebrities and musicians and bands to come out for the famous South by Southwest music festival. While we were eating, my boyfriend was able to identify a man walking past us as Macklemoore. In case you are unfamiliar with Macklemoore, he is very popular for the song “Thrift Shop” and has had hundreds of millions of youtube views . . . I asked for the autograph, he gladly gave it to me, and before I left, I told him ‘I’m sure you’ll be able to get something at the thrift shop with this’ and handed him the million. He laughed and accepted. My boyfriend said he watched as I was walking away and saw that Macklemoore did keep the tract. We even checked his table after he left to see if he had left it behind, but it was gone.”
v PIC | Macklemoore

A few weeks ago Macklemoore held the 8th and 9th place spots on iTunes top singles list.

“How should a Christian respond to bullying?”
Free State University published a study reporting that nearly one-third of its students conveyed that they had been abused at some point in the past. The report went on to say that 95% of teachers and nearly 85% of students thought bullying was a huge problem touching just about every life in one way or another.

This happens at ALL ages, especially in school-aged youth.

From Although we do not find the word bullying in the Bible, we do find the word brutish, a synonym of the brutal thuggery associated with thieves, assassins, and savage beasts (Psalm 49:10;Proverbs 12:1;Isaiah 19:11). The Hebrew and Greek words translated “brute” or “brutish” mean “stupid, foolish, and irrational, as cattle.” We can derive from this that those who bully are acting as cattle or other beasts incapable of rational thought. It is, unfortunately, not uncommon to see this type of abhorrent behavior in fallen man—even in the church—in both males and females throughout all life stages.

Sadly, Christians are not immune from attacks by brutish bullies. In fact, Christians are often more likely to be victims, especially if they are trying to live according to Jesus’ command to “turn the other cheek” (Matthew 5:39). That does not mean Christians cannot pray for God to defend them. Are Christians denied the option of self-defense? Not necessarily. All husbands are required to defend their wives, children, families, homes, businesses, and their nations (Ephesians 5:21 – 6:9). Where the bullying of children is involved, it is the parents’ responsibility before God to protect their children and remove them from situations where they may be in danger.

Words Hurt

From If you are ever bullied, remember S.T.O.P.:

S: Stand up to the bully, and use your words to tell him to STOP hurting you.
Say it loudly and clearly for others to hear. Other suggestions include: 1) Turn the bully’s insults into compliments by pretending that the bully said something nice; 2) Try agreeing with the bullying; when a bully does not get the reaction he is looking for, the bullying might stop.

[Focus on the Family: “Be strong and courageous,” Moses encouraged God’s people (Deuteronomy 31:6). “Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Encourage your kids with this verse and remind them that the Lord is always with them. Then, practice phrases your kids can say at a time of particular need, such as “please stop” and “that’s not cool.”]

T: Take appropriate action to get away from the bully, walk or run if need be, or get an adult.
We can follow God’s example. Jesus did not physically fight back against those who bullied him. In Luke 4, when Jesus was treated poorly in the synagogue, he did not fight back, rather he left quietly. However, if you are being hit or kicked, you may need to take physical action to defend yourself, but only take enough action to get away and get help.

O: Open up to a trusted adult in your life, like your parents, a teacher or pastor.
Bullying is serious, and it is not tattling to ask for help from a trusted adult.

P: Protect yourself from bullies.
You can protect yourself from bullying by staying in groups of kids, not walking home alone, and eating lunch in areas near teachers. But remember that if you are bullied, it is not your fault, and you need to get away and get help.

As a parent, take preventative measures to STOP bullying:

Open the lines of communication by talking to your kids about bullying.
Define bullying so your children know what it is. Bullies are children who intentionally and repeatedly tease, exclude, or physically hurt other children. “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.” (Proverbs 4:7). Our children must have a clear understanding of what bullying is in order to recognize it and protect themselves and others.

Teach your children not to be a bully.
“Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.” (Proverbs 16:24). Your children must understand that bullying is not only hitting, but hurtful words as well. Children do not have to like or include everyone, but they should never be cruel to anyone!

Discuss what to do if they witness another child being bullied.
“A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, and a word spoken in due season, how good it is!” (Proverbs 15:23). Prepare your children with words like, “STOP hurting my friend,” or, “STOP being mean!” Encourage them to get help from a nearby adult if needed.

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