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 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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