I want to give a special shout-out to newcomer HALLE BELLE. We're glad you've joined our Tribelet.
Last time we talked about what to do if the bully-who's-a Christian doesn't stop the teasing/attacking/being mean when you confront him or her alone. We said take people with you who would back you up. Your question for comment was: who would you back up if she needed you?
I loved your comments. Loved. Them. Almost every one of you said you would back up your best friends at church. Absolutely you should. Absolutely.
Um, but what about the bullying victims in your Christian circles who AREN'T your friends? What about the people who suffer from meanness but who aren't the easiest to be around? How about the kids who seem to sort of bring it on themselves?
Are we supposed to stand behind them when they're teased to the points of tears? Is it our job to provide back-up for kids who might not be there for us if we were being bullied?
I'm thinking yes ... but that answer is only going to change us if you find out WHY the answer is yes.
So -- here's your anti-bullying challenge for this week. --
Find any passages you can in the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) where Jesus talks about or tells a story about helping people we don't really WANT to help. Post them with a comment about what those passages tell you.
I'll use those comments in the new Facebook Group I'm developing for parents, teachers, other educators, concerned people AND kids who are allowed on FB to share information and ideas and develop methods for stopping bullying in your generation. You'll be some of the first to contribute. Awesome, huh?
So get those Bibles out and dig in, Tribelet. Show us what you're workin' with!