The Wise Fool

Today is April 1, April Fools Day.. It’s a day of tricks, jokes, and pranks. And it’s a day to take advantage of those among us who are a bit naive and gullible. Maybe you’ve been the target of such pranks or maybe you’ve made someone else the target.  No matter what the case may be it’s a day when crazy stuff happens.   

This morning during my quiet time, I did a study about the “fool” and was drawn to what the apostle Paul wrote nearly 2,000 years ago. He is writing to the 
Romans who were surrounded by sexual immorality and debauchery. Here’s what he said…

For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking and darkened in their foolish hearts. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools… Romans 1:21-22

A “wise-fool” is an oxymoron which could be termed “sophomoronic”.  What’s so interesting about this familiar passage is that it doesn’t say that these were agnostics or atheists. These were people that “knew God” but didn’t glorify God or give thanks to him.  And because of this their hearts and minds became darkened and they became fools. We see this pattern developing more and more in churches today because there is little evidence of beliefs being lived out in the lives of Christians.

But before we cast stones, it would be wise to take an honest look at our heart, for we might see that we are more “sophomoronic” than we would like to admit.  Are you a wise fool? Are you a man who claims to know God but one who doesn’t glorify God or give thanks to Him?  Gentlemen, if we are seeking self-glorification, the acclaims of man, and are unthankful to God, we are wise-fools too and are “sophomoronic” men.

Lord, may we live for your glory and give you all the praise today and become godly wise men!  Amen.


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