Stupid Is as Stupid Believes :: By Bill Wilson

There is a lot written about fools in the Bible. Proverbs 13:20 says, “He that walks with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”

And Proverbs 1:22 asks, “How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? and the scoffers delight in their scoffing, and fools hate knowledge?”

Proverbs 16:22 says, “Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that has it: but the instruction of fools is folly.”

Ecclesiastes 7:5 tells us, “It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.”

The Bible is down on fools. With that as a backdrop, it is amazing how society tolerates foolishness brought on by fools. Of course, many of them are well educated, but that doesn’t make them wise. There are so many headlines in the news these days about crazy stuff.

Take for example that the Russians influenced the elections. First the narrative was that the Russians had hacked the election and changed the result. It has now moved to the idea that President Trump and the Russians collaborated to beat Hillary Clinton. In reality, Hillary Clinton beat Hillary Clinton. She was a horrible candidate, unlikable, and a crook. The voters recognized this and they voted. The rest is history.

The terrible thing is that over half the voters believe in the same foolish things that Clinton believes. And that is a problem when it comes to the future of our nation. We are raising up foolish children to be foolish adults.

Global warming, for example, is now called climate change. The scientists fudged the study data to support the narrative. It was exposed, yet people like Al Gore and other environmentalists still go around saying that we are melting. It is a proven scientific and historic fact that weather is cyclical. I remember when I was in high school that Time and Newsweek were writing alarming cover stories that we were all going to be destroyed by the coming Ice Age.

Same fools, different gig. Other fools say that illegal aliens don’t commit any more crimes than citizens. This is factually untrue. By virtue of being illegal, they start out with committing more crimes than the average person. Add in rape, murder, armed robbery and you have real statistics that only a fool can deny.

Islam is a religion of peace-another foolish folly. What other organization enslaves, abuses, and trades in women, children and drugs? What other organization blows up themselves and others in the name of some non-existent god (Allah)? Where in the world is there this type of violence that is not connected to Islam? Yet the fools think none of this is true.

How many times have you discussed these things with someone only to have them say, “I don’t think that is true?” Encourage people to seek the truth for themselves. 1 Corinthians 13:11 says, “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” People need to have mature understanding of life, the Holy Scriptures, and of God. They need to learn how to put away foolish things because stupid is as stupid believes.

Have a blessed and powerful day!

Bill Wilson
www.dailyjot.com

Working Out Our Salvation :: By Bill Wilson

As we celebrate the highest of holy days in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, it may be wise to take time for some introspection. My son recently sent me an article about the decline of Christianity in our nation. It talked about how only 18 percent of Millennials find Christianity relevant. The article said that Christians get enraged at immorality, policy, and the state of affairs in our country and around the world.

Yet we are demanding that people hold to moral beliefs as justified by a Book that they don’t even read. On a day that we commemorate Christ sacrificing His life that all who believe on Him may have everlasting life, Christians, as a whole, should be doing a better job as disciples than what we have been doing.

1 Corinthians 5:12 asks, “For what have I to do to judge them also that are outside? do not you judge them that are within?” In direct speak, it means that we have no business holding those who do not know the gospel accountable to our standards. That’s why we are exhorted, even commanded, to make disciples of all nations, teaching them to obey what the Lord has commanded us.

We must find ways to make Christianity relevant. It has been tainted to be identified with political ideals, when in reality—the political ideals should be identified with Christianity, foundationally centered on God’s love and love for one another.

This starts with our individual relationship with the Lord; to look at our families, communities, states, nations from a Christian lens, we should first start by looking in the mirror.

The apostle Peter wrote in 1 Peter 4:17-19, “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God; and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.”

The apostle Paul wrote in Romans 10:13-14, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?”

Jesus said in Matthew 24:23, “Then if any man shall say unto you ‘Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.’”

Our national identity and more important, our personal salvation is diluted tremendously if we, as Peter put it, “scarcely be saved.” If America’s preachers are so intent on preaching/teaching a self-indulgent, extra biblical and emotional version of the Christ, then what Christ are we following? The real Son of God, crucified and risen, for our sins, or some humanist version of Christ that fits a social or political extra-biblical gospel?

It is here, not on the national policy front, that we as a people have lost our identity. This should be a serious personal consideration that gives weight to working out your salvation with fear and trembling.

Have a blessed and powerful day!

Bill Wilson
www.dailyjot.com