Published April 1, 2014

Paul's Epistle...
"April Fools"

You and I are seeing a lot of things in our in our culture and in our country that can only be considered foolish (and that is a very charitable term for some of it). We see foolish decisions by government executives and legislatures at all levels. Foolish decisions by courts at all levels. Foolish decisions on an individual, personal level. Foolish decisions, even, in some "Christian" church denominations and parachurch organizations. (I don't need to get into specifics – you've heard all about them.)

"Foolish by whose standards?" By the only ones that really count – God's standards.

What is the root of such foolishness? And why are we seeing an ever-increasing amount of it in our society?

The answer is, of course, in the Bible. Both Psalm 14:1 and Psalm 53:1 tell us, "The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.'"

What does that have to do with societal foolishness? Simple. If you reject God, you reject his moral standards. You reject His laws. You reject everything God wants. And isn't that what we're seeing in society today? I can't remember a time when there was less respect for God and His Word in society at large and, even more chillingly, in some church denominations which obviously believe parts of the Bible are totally outdated and out-of-touch with modern living.

One writer put it this way: "People reject belief in God due to a desire to live free of the moral constraints He requires and to escape the guilt that accompanies the violation of those constraints." Bingo!

Another commentary sheds more light on this "fool" issue when it notes that the Hebrew word used for "fool" in the verses referenced above is nabal, which refers to a "senseless moral fool" – someone without morals. So, in context, it means "immoral people do not believe in God."

Wow, that explains a lot. That's why we see so much foolishness. Take God out of the equation and what you have left is, well, foolishness. It's the "me first," "I'll do whatever I want" totally self-centered crowd. Their lifestyles are constantly glorified in what passes for "entertainment" (but is really quite effective indoctrination in immorality) on TV these days. They're the ones who think they have it all figured out. But about such people, Paul wrote, "Professing to be wise, they became fools" (Romans 1:22).

What is the antidote for such foolishness? It is, of course, wisdom — true wisdom, based on a true faith in God. Proverbs 1:7 reminds us that while "fools despise wisdom and instruction," "the [reverent and worshipful*] fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge." The Living Bible paraphrase puts it this way: "How does a man become wise? The first step is to trust and reverence the Lord!"

Remember this promise that God-inspired wisdom is available to you — James 1:5 tells us, "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him." But, notice what it says – you must ask for it!

(What a contrast – the foolishness of this world and the wisdom of God. Polar opposites!)

As you look at all the foolishness around you, just know that your God is above it all – always has been and always will be. And He stands ready to provide you with all the wisdom you need to be discerning and to see all that nonsense around you for what it really is — the unbeliever's folly.

No fooling!

- Paul

*Added in the Amplified Bible
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