Without Further Ado: I Bring You The Fool
Today I want to give a brief introduction to a subject often misunderstood or simply ignored. It is the person who is a fool. Not a fool as defined by the world, for they see the Christian as a fool. But the fool as God defines it. It is not a small matter as the next few posts will make clear. And it is something that parents need to strive to train out of their children through the practical application of the gospel and discipline.
So, what is a fool? There are three words for “fool” in the book of Proverbs, all meaning basically the same thing. The essential meaning is of one who is stubborn or lacking in judgment. In addition to these it also involves one who is dull, obstinate, or inappropriately self-confident. The bible has the idea of a person who is choosing this mind-set rather than one who is mentally lacking. To put it bluntly, a biblical fool is one who closes his heart to the Word of God.
The fool is not just the one who says that there is no God. The fool of the Bible is the one who spurns God and His ways. That is why you can’t reason with a fool—his foundation for all thinking and decisions is built upon himself; therefore, as you bring the Word to bear on the problem he rejects it. The essence of a fool is summed up in Psalm 14:1, “The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” In the New Testament it is also seen in the same manner: Romans 1:21-22, “Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.” Therefore, because at his heart he is rejecting God and His ways the fool ultimately makes the wrong decisions for the wrong reasons.
The next post will look at the key characteristics of a fool.