Like snow in summer or rain in harvest,
honor is not fitting for a fool.
Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow,
an undeserved curse does not come to rest.
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey,
and a rod for the backs of fools!
Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
or you yourself will be just like him.
Answer a fool according to his folly,
or he will be wise in his own eyes.
Sending a message by the hands of a fool
is like cutting off one’s feet or drinking poison.
Like the useless legs of one who is lame
is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.
Like tying a stone in a sling
is the giving of honor to a fool.
Like a thornbush in a drunkard’s hand
is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.
Like an archer who wounds at random
is one who hires a fool or any passer-by.
As a dog returns to its vomit,
so fools repeat their folly.
Do you see a person wise in their own eyes?
There is more hope for a fool than for them.
- Proverbs 26:1-12
Remember how the enemy has mocked you, Lord,
how foolish people have reviled your name.
Do not hand over the life of your dove to wild beasts;
do not forget the lives of your afflicted people forever.
Have regard for your covenant,
because haunts of violence fill the dark places of the land.
Do not let the oppressed retreat in disgrace;
may the poor and needy praise your name.
Rise up, O God, and defend your cause;
remember how fools mock you all day long.
Do not ignore the clamor of your adversaries,
the uproar of your enemies, which rises continually.
- Psalm 74:18-23
“I believe that the primary moral principles on which all others depend are rationally perceived. We ‘just see’ that there is no reason why my neighbour’s happiness should be sacrificed to my own, as we ‘just see’ that things which are equal to the same thing are equal to one another.”
- C. S. Lewis, Miracles
First, most references to “fool” in the Bible refer to not believing in God. Two of the psalms are identical and begin with “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” (Psalms 14 and 53). Rather than an insult toward non-believers, it is basically a definition of the word.
But then we come to the C. S. Lewis quote and it seems that we no longer hold to what Lewis thought to be true and was in his day. Our secular society’s moral principles are not built upon rationally perceived notions that God imprinted within us so that we rationally perceive the basics of morality. In my years of high school and college, “If it feels good, do it.” Now, the modern folks say the same thing a little differently, “You do you.” I have watched a few television shows that interview college students. Far too many argue that truth is what you perceive it to be and that the concept of universal truth is draconian at best. My reaction is that there are far too many mothers and fathers who have wasted their hard-earned money to pay the college to uneducated their children. If everything in life is based solely on my perception and all others need not interfere, you basically have to remove anything taught, because something taught is supposedly accepted universally as being true.
I would like to try out their theories by taking a dollar bill into a department store, grabbing a dozen shirts, a half dozen pairs of pants, four pairs of genuine leather shoes and then telling the checkout person that my reality says that my single dollar bill is adequate payment and that my perception of truth is the only thing that matters.
I went to a department store today and spent over $100 dollars and did not get anywhere near that many clothing items, and definitely nothing with genuine leather. There is objective truth, although the price of a shirt is not the amount that it costs to make the shirt, ship the shirt, place the shirt on the rack, and a penny or two to pay the checkout person. The price is made up, based on what the store thinks you might be willing to pay. Somebody, maybe many somebodies, made a profit, and sometimes, an obscene profit. Just show up on the unannounced day when the department store is clearing their shelves for the next season’s clothing and you can get stuff for practically nothing – if you don’t mind wearing last year’s fashion statement. But the point is that the store is still making money, but they might break even on that unannounced sale day.
God did not inspire the writers of the Bible, in this case Solomon and Asaph, to write strange statements out of thin air. The moral principles in the Bible make sense. It is just that the secular world is willing to create a fantasy world that is totally insane in order to eliminate the thought that anything rational originates in Scripture. That sure sounds like what Solomon and Asaph are saying in the Scriptures above, and I doubt if either of those two authors of a small portion of the Bible would ever believe that the world thinks that the secular world’s ideas make sense and God’s ideas are the foolishness.
But what do we do now that we are in this pickle? We accept the abuse heaped upon us, and when times get hard for those who persecute us, we grab our hammers and chainsaws, and go help our persecutors put their lives back together. We show God’s Love.
That may not make much sense to the average human either, but neither, from a human perspective, does it seem like the thing to do on a good Friday, to get nailed to a tree and die to save sinners, just because you love them.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.