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FOOLS Psalm 14:1-5, Romans 1:18-32, Romans 3:10-24
God’s word tells us that “the fool says in his heart “there is no God”. The Apostle Paul clarified this statement in Romans 1:18-20. Those that say there is no God literally have denied what God has made obvious through his creation. His creation is the very proof of his existence!
To believe that the perfect order of creation has come from a cataclysmic explosion (“Big Bang” Theory) of chance is insulting to our creator! How can such perfect order come from absolute disorder? Imagine if a watch washed up on the shore of some uncharted island and the finder of that watch proclaimed that it had come from some cosmic event of chance. The fact that it is so intricately made proves that it has an intelligent creator. “Who but a fool could believe otherwise”, says God.
The psalmist proclaims that such a fool is corrupt and their deeds are vile. “There is no one who does good”. As the Lord looks down from heaven on “all mankind” (unbelieving fools and believers alike) he sees that there are none with enough understanding to seek God (the Creator). All have become corrupt and no one does good…”not even one!”
What is “good” one might ask? “Good” is whatever a creator of such a thing desires. If you for instance were to create a cleaning machine then “clean” would be that good result that you desired. If that cleaning machine failed to clean then it would be no good. As the creator you would have every right to destroy it and recreate another model. God created mankind to have a relationship with him. Fools refuse to believe he exists and even believers refuse to live righteously (righteous: in line with God’s intended purpose) as he requires. God, therefore, has the right to destroy us and recreate another model…but instead he has chosen to offer a remedy to our unrighteousness through Christ.
Unbelief and rebellion is sin and it is that sin which “devours” God’s creation and overwhelms mankind with dread. We are our own worse enemy! If God is only present in the company of the righteous then we are all in trouble, but thanks be to God that Jesus paid for our sin:
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21
The Apostle Paul clearly states that man has no excuse not to believe in God. He also sums up the results of mankind sinning against Him: Mankind’s thinking has become futile and our hearts have been darkened. Our worldly wisdom is foolishness and we have become fools. We have exchanged a relationship with the almighty creator God for sinful desires that are devouring our people and our planet. We are worshiping created things rather than our creator. We are degrading our bodies and exchanging truth for lies. We are caught up in shameful lusts and are suffering the penalty for such things. Our minds are depraved and we are filled with unrighteousness. We invent new ways of doing evil and we encourage others, even our children, to do the same.
Our condemnation is justified “all have turned away”, there is “no fear of God” and “no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law (i.e. keeping God’s desired “good”). For “all have sinned”, but thanks be to God that Jesus paid for our sin. Now Fools and the foolish must turn to him on faith to be forgiven:
“Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord will never count against them”. Romans 4:7-8
FOOLISHNESS 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Only a fool would forfeit the gift of salvation from the creator of the universe; yet there are many such fools who are perishing. They are also not content in their folly and so they spread their God hate and sin to others. Roughly 70 percent of Christian college students going off to college end up leaving their faith. This is caused by both secular pressure from students and teaching professors as well as a disengagement from a meaningful church or fellowship group. The faith of our children is at high risk too. Biblical morals and ethics are being purposely chipped away through new school teaching curricula and even kids cartoons and shows. The Disney animated series Star Vs. The Forces of Evil broke new ground last year after featuring the first ever same sex kiss (“Just Friends”: Season 2, episode 39) and then featured Disney’s first ever boy princess (Princess Turdina: Season 3, episode 9) with even a more stated teaching. Disney’s Andi Mack tween series also featured 13-year-old Cyrus Goodman, (one of the main characters) discovering his homosexuality in a second season one-hour premiere episode. We can expect to see more and more such godlessness from a world turning away from Jesus, but what will you do as a believer?
The message of the cross is foolishness to fools but it is the power of God for those of us who are saved by faith. The “spiritual” want to see signs from heaven while the “educated” want their brand of wisdom (1 Cor. 1:22) but we are to preach Christ crucified!
We who are now Christians have all been fools before, but what are we now? Do we walk in the newness of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17-18) as the reconcilers that we are meant to be?
God is our creator and we have no excuse to doubt such a thing. He has every right to judge our unbelief, rebellion and sin, but in his love he has chosen grace and mercy for us instead. Jesus has paid the price for our sin—we only need to believe.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
Now let us, therefore, stand as “Fools for Christ” (1 Corinthians 4:10a) in this circus of errors that we call earth. May we live and proclaim God’s reconciliation for those who will come to faith and may we not waver in ours. Amen