"In the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, 'Where is the promise of His coming?'” – 2 Peter 3:3 NASB
“A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.” These words, written by Henry Louis Mencken, provide a concise summary of his philosophy of life.
Born in Baltimore on this date in 1880, Mencken spent much of his life as an editor and writer. Because of his visibility, he became extremely influential with a reputation as the leading authority on language in America.
His writings were filled with cynicism. He had a particular hatred of Christianity, often expressed with biting sarcasm. His view was that God was the “refuge of the incompetent, the helpless, the miserable.” He influenced countless men and women with his cynical attitude.
This legacy continues today fostered by Mencken and other doubters. Just look around and consider the cynicism expressed by so many entertainers, writers, educators, and politicians. All kinds of people feel free to mock Christians and make fun of those who believe in the Bible. They spread cynicism and doubt.
This attitude can be contagious. Even Christians can allow their lives to be poisoned by doubt and find it difficult to trust in God without reservation or to believe the words of the Bible.
Don’t give in to this spirit of mockery. As Jesus taught, seek to be pure in heart (Matthew 5:8). Seek to love God and believe the Bible with child-like innocence. Trust in Him. Stand on His Word. Reject doubt. Live by faith.
PrayerFather, deliver me from a spirit of skepticism and doubt. I believe that Your Word is true. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Extended Reading2 Peter 3