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Don’t be a fool

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Psalm 14:1a The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” 

Have you ever been called a fool for believing in God or for following Christ? It’s pretty common in this age for the default setting to be atheism, whether one would wear that label or just practice it with their actions. But the truth is, it’s the one who rejects all of the evidence of God’s existence that’s really the foolish one.

“The heavens declare the glory of God,” says the Psalmist. Even the Apostle Paul points out that the self-revelation of God as to His existence is overwhelming. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.  For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.”

Did you catch that? The person who denies the existence of God is “without excuse.” It’s not the one who believes what’s been made known who’s a fool. It’s the one who sees the truth and still denies it that acts unwise.

God makes himself known in many ways. Most importantly, He came to live among mankind as a human himself. Anything God ever wanted us to know about himself, He revealed in the person of Jesus. He was and is God in the flesh. To accept Him is to have life and freedom. To reject Him is to lack life and freedom. Be wise. Don’t be a fool.

Joking aside, let’s give thanks

Ephesians 5:4 Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.

Have you ever been around someone who said or did something that just seemed really out of place for who they are or what they are? For instance, a Catholic nun smoking a cigar while drinking a shot of whisky would seem different from what’s expected.

Followers of Jesus are held to a higher standard of conduct when it comes to things that come out of our mouths. Filthy talk, dirty jokes, or crudeness are just out of place among believers. Sometimes we’ll have to be in situations around other people who conduct themselves in such a way, especially if we hope to lead them to Christ, but we need not get in on the dirty jokes.

It’s so tempting, though, to join in when people are having a good time and making inappropriate comments; isn’t it? The choice we end up having to make in such situations is to be what God has called us to be rather than being popular among the people making the jokes. It can be a tough move to make, but it’s always worth it to obey the Lord.

There are several reasons to keep our talk clean, and we won’t go into all of them, but one is that we have so much to be thankful for that we have better ways to spend our time than wallowing in filth. Instead of making crude jokes, give thanks to God. Instead of bringing others down, life them up. The family of God in Jesus Christ is set apart. Our words (or lack thereof) should make that apparent.