Free from the Stronghold of Cynicism
Written by Christian author, Pola Muzyka
A cynic sees everything an honest person of morals and virtue does as contemptible. There’s no pleasing a cynic. Every move we make is under its scrutiny. If we allow this stronghold to take hold of our lives, we open the door to contempt, suspicion, sarcasm, pessimism, fear, and any number of demonic strongholds. Walk away now!
Jesus came so that we would have life and have it more abundantly. He gave his life so that we might live. God reserves the right to judge. Only God can judge since he sees and knows our thoughts, reasoning, and actions. If we allow the suspicious stronghold of cynicism into our lives, we risk separation from God’s blessings. As long as we remain in Christ we are given his grace and are free from the law of sin and death. If we allow cynicism in, we sever that connection. That doesn’t mean that God doesn’t love us. It means we walk away from being in Christ.
Cynicism walks hand in hand with arrogance. This stronghold tries to take a proud position over anyone that threatens it, or comes in its path. A cynic may not openly express its agenda but the results can be catastrophic for the target of its stifled hate. When this stronghold digs into its host, it creates an atmosphere of negativism that can irritate and destroy.
Proverbs 9:7-8 If you reason with an arrogant cynic, you’ll get slapped in the face; confront bad behavior and get a kick in the shins. So don’t waste your time on a scoffer; all you’ll get for your pains is abuse.
Should we bother with a cynic? How can we avoid cynicism in our lives?
1. Don’t gossip. Gossip is an incubator for cynicism.
Proverbs 24:8-9 [ 23 ] The person who’s always cooking up some evil soon gets a reputation as prince of rogues. Fools incubate sin; cynics desecrate beauty.
Luke 11:14-16 Jesus delivered a man from a demon that had kept him speechless. The demon gone, the man started talking a blue streak, taking the crowd by complete surprise. But some from the crowd were cynical. “Black magic,” they said. “Some devil trick he’s pulled from his sleeve.” Others were skeptical, waiting around for him to prove himself with a spectacular miracle.
2. Never listen to a cynic. You won’t be able to change its mind especially if denial has covered its host.
Proverbs 1:22-24 “Simpletons! How long will you wallow in ignorance? Cynics! How long will you feed your cynicism? Idiots! How long will you refuse to learn? About face! I can revise your life. Look, I’m ready to pour out my spirit on you; I’m ready to tell you all I know. As it is, I’ve called, but you’ve turned a deaf ear; I’ve reached out to you, but you’ve ignored me.
3. Pay attention to your own life. Are you judging cynically and without merit? Chances are you have a stronghold of cynicism stalking you.
Galatians 5:4 If you seek to be justified and declared righteous and to be given a right standing with God through the Law, you are brought to nothing and so separated (severed) from Christ. You have fallen away from grace (from God’s gracious favor and unmerited blessing).
4. Turn back to Christ. As much as possible check yourself to make sure you are in Christ and that your actions and words line up with the word of God. It’s easier to be cynical toward others if you are not following the word of God.
2 Timothy 3:16 Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action),
5. Be open-minded especially toward the ways of Christ. A cynic only sees its own reasoning. There is no wisdom in its arguments.
Proverbs 14:6 Cynics look high and low for wisdom—and never find it; the open-minded find it right on their doorstep!