Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | May 30, 2018

Fool or Sage?

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Futile Thankfulness

What do you think is the fundamental problem of our time?
Is it immorality? Racism? Greed? Poverty? Socialism? Failure to evangelize? Godless politicians?

I am convinced that the root problem underlying all others is the deliberate refusal to acknowledge God the Creator.

This is not an original idea. I learned it from the Apostle Paul. He makes precisely this argument in Romans 1:18-32. Paul includes a staggering catalog of sins and degradations which he says are the result of consciously refusing to honor God.

This Scripture passage (Romans 1:18-32) teaches that God has clearly revealed Himself to man through creation so that His power and divinity are plainly evident to everyone. As a result, no one anywhere has any excuse.

But men rebel against the Great Creator by deliberately suppressing the truth, by refusing to honor God, and by refusing to give Him thanks. As a result their thinking becomes confused and invalid. Typically such men see themselves as wise, but actually they are fools according to the Bible:
The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” (Psalm 14:1).

Examples of fools who profess to be wise are legion. Look on any college campus, look in politics, look at celebrities, look at news personalities. Those who have rejected the Great Creator have rejected true reality. They have no option left but that of the Fool. The end result is that God focuses His wrath on such men who thus suppress the truth.

Each of us has the choice to become either a Fool or a Sage. The Biblical description of a fool is someone who has said there is no God, while the Biblical characterization of a wise man is one who fears God:
The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” (Psalm 14:1).
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Proverbs 9:10)

Our nation faces many problems: abortion, homosexuality, pornography, breakdown of marriage and the family, and all the resulting social consequences. Fighting such evils is important; that’s what 2 Corinthians 10:5 is about (see Biblical Thinking). But more crucial is addressing the root cause underlying all these problems — the denial of God the Creator by each individual heart.

Logically, since God is the One who created everything, He is therefore the Owner and Ruler of the universe. God made the rules. When we rebel against Him and violate the rules He established, we reap the natural consequences.

What about those of us who do acknowledge God the Creator and desire to honor Him? Consider this verse:
For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. (Romans 1:21)
We frequently fall short on the “give thanks” part and instead fuss or complain. Scripture instructs, “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) By thanking God in every circumstance, pleasant or painful, we actively “entrust our souls to a faithful Creator.” (1 Peter 4:19)

The beginning of the solution to every problem that our culture faces is to return to God the Creator in humble gratitude. Honoring the Great Creator and giving Him thanks will lead a person to become a Sage rather than a Fool.

Questions to Ponder

1. To honor the Great Creator as God, for what challenging situation will you give thanks right now?
2. What practical step can you take today to nudge your corner of society to honor the Great Creator?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

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©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
“contending earnestly for the faith”
“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
“for the defense of the gospel”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday May 30, 2018 A.D.

We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.
(2 Corinthians 10:5)

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