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Nowadays, bullying has become more common or talked about more in society. Recently, I saw a post about standing up for someone when you see something going on that’s not right. As Christians, we need to stand up for righteousness and also for our neighbors, friends and peers.
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I encourage you to speak up to the person who’s either bullying or being a “mean girl” to any student or person on campus. I also want to urge you to not just be a bystander or to be silent. The Bible tells us to defend those who cannot defend themselves.
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. (Proverbs 31:8)
How Can I Stand Up for Someone Else if I Am Afraid?
You may be wondering if you are even able to stand up against bullying, because you may be a shy person or may not want to get involved. I totally understand wanting to mind your own business, and especially if there is a situation where two people are having a private conversation (not bullying or something obviously abusive), then you should keep to yourself.
If there is a situation where there is obvious mocking, joking, bullying or teasing, then that is when I would say something. If you don’t feel comfortable, maybe your best friend can walk up with you to say something, or you can get a teacher or adult involved. Make sure to pray and ask God to give you the words. You can simply say something like, “Hey that’s not right that you just said that.” You can also warn them if they are being pushy or touchy—definitely you would want to tell them to stop. If there’s hitting or violence involved, you’ll need to get a teacher, principal or someone else in authority to come attend to the situation.
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Why We Should Speak Up and Not Be Bystanders
1. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you (Luke 6:31).
2. The Bible tells us to speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves (Proverbs 31:8).
3. You could stop someone from being bullied or picked on.
4. The Bible calls us to be peacemakers (Matthew 5:9).
5. Do what you know is the right thing to do.
PI Girls, have you ever witnessed a “mean girl” incident or has there ever been a time you spoke up for a student or classmate? Comment below!