Day 40: Shin Kickers

Proverbs 9:7

Anyone who rebukes a mocker will get an insult in return. Anyone who corrects the wicked will get hurt.


Don’t waste your breath correcting arrogant mockers and shin kickers.

When you were a kid, did you get in an argument with someone, and rather than debate the issue, the other kid tried to kick you in the shins? That’s the strategy of those who have no argument.

Some people are dull to hear and too stubborn to listen to reasonable arguments. Our Advisor suggests that we should avoid arguing with a cynic, an arrogant man, or a mocker. The word describes someone who stammers and repeats your words when he is in the argument. They parrot-talk – repeating your words in a strange voice.

In the argument, the mocker doesn’t focus on the issue but returns personal attacks against you. You see this kind of unreasonable behavior when politicians want to avoid talking about the issues and make slanderous, personal attacks against their opponent, hoping to divert the attention away from the issue. Of course, the politician arrogantly assumes that everyone will mindlessly forget the real argument – and often, it works.

The second warning from our Advisor is trying to correct the wickedness in our culture – the wicked will not only turn from the issue and mock you – they will become physically violent with you.

We’re seeing more and more wicked protestors becoming physically violent when we argue the moral standard for society. It’s more than a kick in the shins – it’s the spirit of Cain who murdered his brother out of jealousy. (Genesis 4)

In other words, there are some people you can’t reason with and others you want to avoid all together.


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  1. Henry Bennett on April 13, 2018 at 5:53 am

    I totally agree with this I also like to watch creationist videos on YouTube and the amount of atheist that are watching these videos is amazing it far out numbers Christians or agnostics alike in a comments that they make are most of the time very harsh there’s a lot of anger within their comments and there’s no point in responding to them I see a lot of Christians try and respond and rebuke them respond and I suppose what they call is chastised love and it just doesn’t work these people clearly don’t want to hear it we need to be moved in the spirit to know when to and when not to try and minister to people because I do believe there are times when God just wants us to just be quiet

  2. Clyde on June 25, 2021 at 7:05 am


  3. Ted Webster on April 12, 2022 at 11:18 am

    I heard it saying one time, “ If you wrestle with a Pig you both will get dirty!! And they like it”!!!