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August 27, 2020
There’s a guy down the road from our home who has a political sign in his yard. Some find it offensive. Some drive by and snicker. It simply says, “Inslee’s an Idiot.” I’m the guy who snickers.
I wouldn’t put that sign in our yard but those three words resonate with me. But this is not a political blog.
The Bible is blunt. It calls out the obvious. It fingers foolishness. Several times the Scriptures says something similar to Psalm 14:1: “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” Sadly, there are many fools in our world. And frustrating that it is, many fools are in positions of power and influence.
But for many, power and influence presuppose wisdom. If someone has won a seat in the halls of power, the assumption is “they must be wise.” That’s faulty thinking. Non-believing people can be gifted and skilled, blessed by God with gifts and a skill set that sets them apart. But if there is no acknowledgment of God, foolishness is at the heart of who they are.
We watch fools make devastating decisions for themselves. We hurt for them. But when fools make destructive decisions that impact our families and churches, we can say something. As the prophet Jeremiah reminds, “They have rejected the word of the Lord, so what wisdom is in them?” (8:9). In Jeremiah’s time, this was levied against the religious leaders of Israel. But it has an application for today’s civil leaders, too.
It is not fashionable to speak in such ways. Christians are supposed to be nice. We are. But when the Bible calls out sin, so can we.
Look around. Foolishness abounds. It is okay to point it out. Check that, we are to point it out.