An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends and against all sound judgment starts quarrels. Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions. When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes reproach. The words of the mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is a rushing stream. It is not good to be partial to the wicked and so deprive the innocent of justice. The lips of fools bring them strife, and their mouths invite a beating. The mouths of fools are their undoing, and their lips are a snare to their very lives. Proverbs 18:1-7 NIV
If I am belaboring the point of a fool’s life–just bear with me so I can get it out of my system. The word fool is mentioned 66 times in 62 verses in the KJV (fools 42 times) and 62 times in 58 verses in the NIV (fools is mentioned 63 times). Solomon talks about a fool or fools more than anyone in Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. So, if we take a common sense approach to understanding The Word, we discover, God is not too happy with a fool or foolish behavior.
It is so difficult not to talk about the conduct of a fool in light of our current election cycle. Differences of opinion should open the door for dialogue but instead–with those who don’t think anyone is right but them–it opens the floodgates of hatred and bigotry and arrogance and presumptiveness.
Here’s what I’m discovering about what to expect of those who are diehards–more loyal to party than country:
- They would rather stand on accusatory rhetoric–already proven wrong–than to accept the reality of the situation.
- They accept spliced media as credible evidence against a political candidate and expect others to just “believe” what it portrays.
- They expect others to fall in line with their opinions when no viable, credible evidence is offered to support their opinions.
- They expect others to accept the lead of “religious leaders” who are simply party puppets who think they know more than Holy Spirit.
- They discredit a person’s relationship with God and hearing Holy Spirit when the discussion does not support what they want others to accept.
- They refute The Word as the standard for political choices when it doesn’t fit with party platforms.
- They lose ground and credibility every time they open their mouth (loose lips sink ships or political clout).
I could go on and on, but it would serve no purpose other than to ignite more animosity and that is not my purpose. My purpose in presenting the bullet points above is to hopefully shed some light on how ridiculous some become over political rhetoric. I know because I’ve been chastised about my political position (which aligns with The Word) because I refuse to put party platform over the welfare of the entire country.
This has all been stated before, but I guess sometimes, we need to repeat and repeat and repeat a matter for some to understand it. Hence–the repetition about a fool or fools in The Word.
Considering the life Jesus lived while walking the earth, I wonder what He would do about this election cycle. God the Father is Love and Jesus is God the Son so therefore, Love abounds in the persons of the authority in our lives (assuming God, not a political party is the authority). If we see and hear–a candidate who is divisive, promoting hate and fear and has no depth of compassion for others–would Jesus have voted for this person to guide the nation?
I’ve been “told” to pray for God to change the candidate in question’s heart, but this I know about God–He will not force anyone to do anything and if a person sees no need to change who they are–all the prayer by every person from every corner in the world won’t change them. When–someone who has supposedly converted to Christianity–proclaims they have no need to ask God to forgive them–that speaks volumes about their so-called conversion. One of the first tenets of coming to Christ–is confessing our sin and asking to be forgiven.
At any rate–I’m praying that God will fill–to overflowing everyone willing to receive–His wisdom and they will act accordingly in obedience to His Word. That’s my prayer.
Good post Mary. It’s very thought provoking and we’ll written.
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Thanks, Terri! I try!
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