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The Danger of Endorsing the Fool

Last week, before the riots in Chicago, before the election noise grew even louder, I gave this appeal for the 2016 Election season. The need for that appeal is increasing. There is an ominous dark cloud over our nation, and an unsettling wind of anarchy blowing in the air.

The “fool” has taken center stage and incited the masses.

And the warning of Scripture is blatantly ignored.

“Words have consequences” was the refrain repeated several times by Marco Rubio. Yes, they do, and without getting all political here, I just felt I should address what we see playing out in the public arena and challenge us to consider our responsibility. People are giving full vent to their anger without regard for anyone or anything but themselves.

What does Scripture call that kind of person?

A fool.

A fool unloads without thought of anyone.

[box]“A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man holds it in check” (Proverbs 29:11).[/box]

Let’s walk through a few Scriptural warnings that describe the fool’s behavior—in contrast to a wise man’s actions, and see if a familiar face begins to emerge:

A fool lashes out in anger when insulted.

[box]“A fool’s displeasure is known at once, but whoever ignores an insult is sensible” (Proverbs 12:16)[/box]

A fool speaks rashly and his speech is destructive—like a sword. The wise man’s words bring healing, but the fool’s speech is divisive.

[box]“There is one who speaks rashly, like a piercing sword; but the tongue of the wise brings healing” (Proverbs 12:18).[/box]

Fools loudly voice their opinions, but there is no substance to their rhetoric; there is nothing gained through listening to their foolish message.

[box]“Stay away from a foolish man; you will gain no knowledge from his speech” (Proverbs 14:7)[/box]

The fool’s vocabulary is coarse and crude, he doesn’t respect others and it is reflected in his speech.

[box]“Coarse and foolish talking or crude joking are not suitable . . .” (Ephesians 5:4)[/box]

If you attempt to debate with a fool, he will only mock you.

[box]“Don’t speak to a fool, for he will despise the insight of your words” (Proverbs 23:9).[/box]

The fool isn’t wise, careful, or thoughtful in how he proceeds, considering what way would be best, and his arrogance brings self-deception.

[box]“The sensible man’s wisdom is to consider his way, but the stupidity of fools deceives them” (Proverbs 14:8).[/box]

It would be better to be under the leadership of a young and inexperienced man who has wisdom, than a foolish king who is too arrogant to receive input from others.

[box]“Better was a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king who no longer knew how to take advice” (Eccl. 4:13).[/box]

Proverbs gives a warning about taking a fool for a companion. Why would we elect one to lead our nation?

[box]“He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will suffer harm” (Proverbs 13:20).[/box]

Scripture provides a clear picture of the fool, while also warning us of the danger of placing ourselves under a fool’s leadership. What will the next century hold for our republic, if America elects a fool?

I am responsible for what I lay my hand to, for who I endorse or affirm, by casting a vote. I will not exalt a fool.

The urgent need of the day is prayer and intercession for God’s mercy on our nation.

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11 Comments

  • Marlene Martin

    I think you should be careful who you are calling a fool.Ben Carson is one of the wisest men I’ve seen lately. He would not cast his lot with a fool.

  • Chris

    If you read his book, you would see that his behavior is almost scripted. At least he is following the plan about which he has written. I wouldn’t normally choose him as a candidate but there is a reason he is being attacked by BOTH parties. He is not one of the “good old boys” and is the only one running who will get us back to a working government. They will probably kill him before that could happen though.

  • Leanne

    Dearest Kim,

    What you have observed and written in response to what is taking place in this election is superb! I am going to forward it to everyone I know. We are in tumultuous times in which 2 Timothy 4:3,”For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear,” is being displayed continuously. I took all 5 of my little ones with me to vote today, and as we went through each step and station we culminated with a final step after casting our ballot, the most powerful step, to PRAY. My husband told me that our state, the state of Florida, was projected to go the way of the FOOL. It’s disheartening, but sadly, unsurprising. We will continue to stand in the gap interceding on our nation’s behalf and crying out for mercy and the promises of 2 Chronicles 7:14. May we humble ourselves and turn from our wicked ways and be broken in humility before the Lord God Almighty!

    Thank you again for all of your encouragement and wisdom! I’m counting down the days to True Woman. This year there will be 7 coming with me and there is still time for more!! 🙂

    In His Love,
    Leanne
    Zephaniah 3:17

  • Leslie S.

    Dearest Kim,
    Thank you for this post. I really appreciated all the scriptures; we should always evaluate things through scripture! I am praying for this nation, as is my church. We live in fearful times, but Praise the Lord that we have a God who has said: “Fear not, for I am with thee.”
    With much love in Christ,
    Leslie S.
    Isaiah 41:10

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Is this my friend, “Leslie S.” that used to leave precious comments for me on the True Woman website??

    So good to hear from you, Leslie! And you’re posting one of my very favorite Scriptures 🙂

    Love you, friend ~

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello, Leanne, so good to hear from you!

    Yes, I do believe we’re in the 2 Timothy 4:3 time. I’m thankful that you and your husband are seeking to raise your tribe to live for truth. Praying for God to bring revival, but well-deserved judgment may come first.

    Can’t wait to see your lovely smile and give you a hug at True Woman!! 🙂

  • Leslie S.

    My dearest Kimberly,

    Yes, this is Leslie S. from the ROH blog! 🙂 You have always been a blessing to me, dear friend, though I haven’t stayed in much touch through the blogs lately. I still love you and Nancy dearly and consider you both to be some of my sweetest mentors. Hoping one day yet to meet you both, Lord willing. I was happy to discover your website, Kim, and hope to pop over here now and then!

    May the Lord bless and keep you and yours! 🙂 Psalm 91

  • Lori Mooney

    Thank you, Kimberly, for speaking truth to this issue and I appreciate the applicable Scripture references. You’ve described someone just perfectly! 🙂