I recently talked to a man whose father-in-law had served in the Navy in World War II. He was a Christian and was mercilessly teased by the rest of his crewmen. Soldiers would spit on him and called him “deacon.” They would laugh when he refused to go out drinking with them or live the debauched lifestyle so many of them relished in. This is nothing new for Christians. Jesus Himself said this in John 15:18 “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.” Jesus Himself was mocked. While He was on the cross, the religious leaders came to Him and scorned him, saying, “He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him.” (Matt. 27:43)
We see these same scoffers and scorners in our day and age, and 2 Peter 3:3 says they will only increase in the days and years ahead of us. Webster defines scorn as: “open dislike and disrespect or derision often mixed with indignation; an expression of contempt or derision.” Mr. Scorner is a person who treats the Bible like a fairy tale. Any time someone expresses the “right” thing to do, he mocks that such a thing exists. Truth for him is relative, as long as he is having a good time. He doesn’t see sin as harmful, but instead takes delight in things that are ultimately destructive.
We read about Mr. Scorner in the book of Proverbs, where it tells us in Proverbs 3:34 that God “scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly.” From this an other passages in Proverbs, we can learn more about this character. Mr. Scorner is someone who thinks much of himself, and is angry when others don’t see his true worth. Proverbs 21:24 says “Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.” Mr. Scorner is very soon angry with any kind of standard of righteousness, partly because deep down he knows he does not meet it. He creates another set of moral ideals, ones he doesn’t have any problem meeting. He mocks those who believe otherwise.
As such, Mr. Scorner is not someone who takes criticism well. It’s very hard to tell Mr. Scorner that what he is doing is wrong, because he is convinced he is right. Proverbs 15:12 says “A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.” Proverbs 9:8 warns: “Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee.” Mr. Scorner hates any kind of authority, and openly mocks the idea that someone could know better than himself.
Because of this pride and aversion to the authority of others, a scorner will never find true wisdom, because he will not submit to it. Proverbs 14:6 says “A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not.” The kind of answers Mr. Scorner wants he can’t find, because his own particular brand of wisdom can only be found in his own head. No one will be able to save him from his faulty logic, because he loves to wallow in it. Proverbs 9:12 says “If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.”
To stay at Mr. Scorner’s house is a miserable visit. He is critical and will make you feel that what you know and believe is mere foolishness. He will cast down your walls, but has no intention of helping you build any that are not found apart from his own understanding. To live in Mr. Scorner’s house is to invite the ire and wrath of God, because He “scorneth the scorners.” But if you will leave Mr. Scorner’s house in humility, you will find God’s grace, favor, and His wisdom. Then, when Mr. Scorner comes to the end of himself, you will find him coming to you for answers. My friend told me that as soon as the ship passed into enemy waters, the scorners came and asked for prayer from the only Christian they knew.