About a month ago I heard one of our young people say to someone, “You don’t have to be so snarky.” Having never heard that word used before I asked her what it meant. She said that it meant rude or mean. Ever curious, I looked it up on the internet and sure enough it is a word. Well at least according to the “Urban Dictionary” which states that it is a shortened version for a “snide remark”. Now we have all been in those situations where either we say something snarky or someone else says something snarky to us. Often times are response is to continue the snarkiness which accomplishes nothing but hurt feelings, anger or at the very least an “Oh Yeah? Well I show you!” kind of an attitude.
Recently I witnessed, on a Sunday morning (of all times) in the church building (of all places) a snarky conversation. What I observed in the aftermath of this snarky situation is that it seemed one of the snarkers didn’t even know that he had been snarky while the other snarker took the snarky comment to heart and was offended. It is just a guess on my part but I believe that both parties felt justified in their snarkiness. So I started to wonder if Jesus had anything to say about how we are to respond to the snarky. As I was pondering this, my phone rang (a Holy Spirit thing) and another person called asking for prayers because when he had been confronted with some snarky comments, he responded in anger and frustration and with, yeah you guessed it, snarkiness. His comment to me was that the irony of it was that he had just been reading Luke chapter six when this incident happened, so he said, “I should have known better.” So, I opened my Bible and there it was, Jesus dealing with the snarky. Okay, He didn’t use the word snarky but I think it’s what He meant and if He had that word He would have used it, possibly, maybe, well anyway here’s what He said:
“Blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize you (snarky), and insult you (snarky) and scorn you name as evil (snarky) for the sake of the Son of Man. Be glad in that day and leap for joy for behold, your reward is great in heaven. For in the same way their fathers used to treat the prophets (be snarky to them).” Luke 6:22-23 (NAS)
Now don’t get me wrong here I am not trying to make light of how you feel when you’ve been snarked (because that, in itself, would be kind of snarky) but Jesus is real clear on what we as followers of Jesus need to do. First, don’t be snarky yourself. Snarky and love shouldn’t even be in the same sentence together unless of course you love to be snarky. If that’s the case, then you might just want to do some serious soul searching. Secondly when you are being snarked don’t respond by being snarky in return but consider yourself blessed, be glad and jump for joy. When we are truly doing things for the “sake of the Son of Man”, Satan will do everything and anything he can to derail your faith. So maybe what we all need to do is consider the amount of snarkiness we are receiving to be in direct proportion to what we are doing in the name of Jesus. So bring it on you snarkers. The snarkier you are the more blessed I am and don’t be surprised when I start leaping for joy.
God loves you and so do I, Dana