Sent: July 17, 2002
Subject: Who is a Fool?
Dear Ethan & Emily:
No one likes to be called a “fool.” It is one of the most demeaning and derogatory words we can use, and we usually restrain ourselves from using it, as we seem to know intuitively that it is a very “serious” word. God is also very selective as to the use of this word, but He is quick to use it where it applies.
I have done a quick word study today to better define this word. In God’s sight, a “fool” is…
any “man (or woman) who commits adultery.” In fact, God refers to such a person as an “utter” fool. (Prov. 6:32)
a person who claims to have “faith” but whose life shows no “good deeds” (James 2:20). In this passage, James left no doubt about his position when, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, he exposed hypocritical practices in the early church: “Fool! When will you ever learn that faith that does not result in good deeds is useless?”
Moreover, a “fool” is…
any person who “slanders” others. (Prov.10:18)
anyone who finds “fun” in “doing wrong.” (Prov. 10:23)
a “quick-tempered” person (Prov. 12:16) and one who gives “full vent to anger.” (Prov. 29:11)
a child who “despises his parent’s discipline.” (Prov. 15:5)
any person who does not seek truth but “feeds on trash.” (Prov. 15:14)
a “proud” person and anyone who “plots evil.” (Prov. 30:32)
anyone identified as a “rebel.” (Prov. 17:21)
a “dishonest” person. (Prov. 19:1)
one who does not learn from mistakes but repeats his or her “folly.” (Prov. 26:11)
a person who thinks only about “having a good time now.” (Eccl. 7:4)
anyone who would put his or her faith in an “idol” and “make his own god.” (Is. 44:10)
an insincere giver, one who gives mindless offerings to God.” (Eccl. 5:1)
a person characterized as a “blabbermouth.” (Eccl. 5:3)
and…finally a “fool” is anyone who works at storing up earthly wealth at the expense of having a “rich relationship with God.” (Luke 12:21)
So…let the world call me a “fool” for taking a stand for God…I don’t care! But I don’t want to be a “fool” in God’s eyes. My heart’s desire and conscious commitment is that I will live my life in such a manner that God will never have to use that word to get my attention. May that be true of you as well.
I love you. Have a wonderful day…