Some good friends of mine have been continually bullied by two members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Teaching elder John Shuck and ruling elder Alan Kiste, are cronies in belittling and vilification. I know how that feels because once they ganged up on me with their vile bile.
But stop and consider, they are simply following the word of God—without intention of course. Jesus promised that his followers would suffer persecution just as he did. Jesus stated that if they had called him Beelzebul they would call his disciples far uglier names. (Mt. 10-25)
Have care, Jesus takes very seriously the harm done to those the Father has given him. In fact, when Paul was on the road to Damascus, eager to jail and kill more Christians, and Jesus stopped him; Jesus’ question wasn’t why are you harming my disciples but why are you harming me. So those awful names and insults are actually flung at Jesus.
John Shuck and Alan Kiste are in reality bullying Jesus. They are throwing hate speech at him.
And I must add that those in leadership who know about the insults and could do something about it, and will not even speak up are also guilty of demeaning Jesus.
"Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad for your reward in heaven is great: for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Mt. 5:11-12)"
Bonhoeffer wrote of the above verse in his book The Cost of Discipleship. His thoughts include:
“’For my sake’ the disciples are reproached, but because it is for his sake, the reproach falls on him. It is he who bears the guilt. The curse, the deadly persecution and evil slander confirm the blessed state of the disciples in their fellowship with Jesus.”