The Sarcastic Wounder and the Critic
Did you know sarcasm was a silent killer. It may sound like a joke, but it really chokes the life out of its victims. Maybe we should probably start off with what Sarcasm is.
Sarcasm is a remark made usually as a reverse joke to hurt someone’s feelings or cut them in a sly way. The word sarcasm comes from the Greek verb sarkazein which literally means to “tear flesh like a dog.” I know right?! That alone puts sarcasm in a different light doesn’t it?
Sarcasm is a greek word that literally means “to tear flesh like a dog.” Tim Cameron
Sarcasm has been noted as the lowest form of humor that could be used, and you don’t want to live your life hitting people below the belt because you live such a low life. No more sarcasm. Tim Cameron argues that the “heart of sarcasm is mental judgments – drawing conclusions about what someone else is thinking and getting inside their head.” We should avoid sarcasm and replace it with encouragement. Paul told Timothy, “Therefore I exhort first of all that you make supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings for everyone, for kings, and for all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceful life in all godliness and honesty.” – 1 Timothy 2:1-2
It is true that you can find sarcasm everywhere. It is widely accepted in media, movies, our homes, with friends and even in our Christian circles. However, just because it is WIDELY accepted does not mean that it’s good for you. Remember, we are instructed to “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter.” (Matthew 7:13-14) Besides since when have you wanted to be like everyone else.
Here are a few tips:
- Raise your own self worth:
– People that use sarcasm regularly have LOW SELF ESTEEM, LACK SELF CONFIDENCE, HAVE UNDEALT WITH ANGER & PAIN, will do anything to PLEASE THE WORLD.
- Cut out the criticism:
– Noone chooses to be a critic on purpose. Usually it just happens and zaps all of your joy. So today choose to NOT be critical towards anyone or about anyone.
- Let God Handle it:
– If you are the victim of someone els’s sarcasm, don’t stress it. Let them live low and you “Go High”. Spending time trying to defend yourself will only tire you out. God will fight your battles, even when you don’t see Him doing so.
Today let’s silence the sarcasm and speak positive. Take the high road and ride into a greater destiny. – DSR2