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Out of Context:
“God won’t be mocked.”

Here’s a verse I’ve heard many times, and it’s not just quoted out of context. It’s misquoted to begin with.

See, it’s usually said whenever fellow Christians are getting mocked. Sometimes God’s getting mocked too, but he’s collateral damage, ’cause the mockers are going after the Christians: Once again, some of us did something dumb, and people are having a laugh at their expense.

And one of the objects of ridicule, who usually has no sense of humor anyway, who doesn’t see anything funny or wrong about what he’s done (or is still doing), gets up to rebuke his scoffers. “Have your fun now,” he’ll menace, “but your time will come. God will not be mocked.” Sometimes he’ll continue with the rest of the verse he’s misquoting—still out of context, of course.

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

—Paul,

“You,” he’ll indicate, “will reap what you sow.” You’ll have your fun now, but some day they’re all gonna laugh at you. Probably while you’re burning in hell, or whatever other intricate revenge fantasy the humorless sort will devise for their critics.