I tried (well barely) to wake up at 4:00 a.m. this morning to watch the USA women’s soccer game. Apparently, the team did what they needed to advance to the next round but from what I heard it was a rather boring match. Thankfully, I did not get out of bed. So when I finally did begin the day, the morning news was on and I found myself hearing but not really listening. (Many of you know what that’s like.) I did hear enough of the broadcast to mumble to myself “how foolish.” It’s not a good and healthy way for me to start my day. I’ll admit fools get to me and foolishness is “not funny.” It may be just the opposite and dangerous. The issue doesn’t really matter and I see no reason to enflame potential conflict between science, religion and politics, which might even be interpreted as a foolish thing to do. According to an article in Psychology Today, “Foolish people are self-involved, overly optimistic regarding their own views, and unable to see their own vulnerabilities. They assume they already know everything. Foolish individuals are apathetic—indifferent to outgroups, ethical concerns, and the common good. They are unimaginative and dogmatic.” Anecdotally, the foolish person is dangerously immature, lacks discernment, is vulnerable to believing and spreading lies and half-truths, and will naturally become more foolish as time passes. (As you can probably tell, I’m not big on foolishness.) The word “fool” often appears in the Bible. There are several different Hebrew and Greek terms which are translated “fool”. They appear over a hundred and ten times. Furthermore, related terms such as “foolish” appear more than eighty times. What I take from this is God intends for us to give careful attention to the subject of “fools” and “foolishness” and how they/it might impact our daily choices. So the invitation is to remember that foolishness is not helpful for anyone.
Scripture Reading: Proverbs 12:15
“The way of a fool is upright in his own eyes, but he who listens to advice is wise.”
What causes foolishness?
Why is foolishness dangerous?
Who gives you good advice?
Prayer: Holy God, keep me attentive to the times when I am self-involved and unable to see my own vulnerabilities. Help me to listen to the wisdom of others that my faith may be strengthen. Amen.