I just watched a video on Facebook where a Pastor was rightfully denouncing racism and racist people. (See video here)
But afterward, he sort of apologized for using the word “Stupid” and it got me thinking… As a Christian, is it wrong to point out someone’s stupidity?
What follows is my understanding of scripture on this matter:
Did you know being stupid is a sin and Christians are called to denounce sin?
“The thought of foolishness is sin…” Proverbs 24:9
“Those who continue in sin, rebuke in the presence of all…” 1st Timothy 5:20
The Dictionary Defines Stupid as – Having or showing a great lack of intelligence or common sense.
The Dictionary Defines Foolish as – Lack of common sense or good judgment; unwise.
The Dictionary goes on to describe foolish as: Senseless, vacant, vapid, simple, witless, fatuous, silly, inane, stupid and asinine.
We can see from the above definitions that being foolish and being stupid are synonymous.
So, why are the definitions of these words important?
Because the Bible uses the word Fool or Foolish almost 200 times to warn people NOT to be foolish (stupid).
Paul, the Apostle called the Galatians foolish – Gal 3:1
Jesus called the disciples fools – Luke 24:25
Moses called the Israelites foolish – Deuteronomy 32:6
God called an entire nation foolish – Deuteronomy 32:21
The New Testament word translated here is “Anoetos” and means, “Unintelligent, Unwise.”
The Old Testament word Translated here is “Nabal” and means, “Senseless.”
There is one verse (Matthew 5:22) that needs special attention.
In the KJV Jesus said, “But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.”
On the surface, this verse seems to contradict my position, however, deeper study is necessary for the truth to unfold.
The Contemporary English Version of the Bible translates this verse as:
“But I promise you that if you are angry with someone, you will have to stand trial. If you call someone a fool, you will be taken to court. And if you say that someone is worthless, you will be in danger of the fires of hell.”
The New living Translation says:
“But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell.”
Comparing these translations helps to clarify what Jesus is actually saying.
Clearly He’s not just talking about calling someone a fool because He does exactly that in Luke 24:25 and He cannot contradict Himself (neither can He sin).
The Hebrew word translated “fool” in Matthew 5:22 is NOT he same as in the other verses, it is the word “Moros” which means; impious, godless and useless.
This word specifically expresses condemnation.
Thus, it’s clear in Matthew 5:22 Jesus is NOT referring to calling someone a fool but rather condemning someone for their moral character, which only God can legally do.
The problem is, the Bible says we do have the power of death and life in our mouths, so when we condemn someone we are actually pronouncing a curse upon them.
In Matthew 5:22, Jesus is specifically talking about judging and condemning someone for their value as a human being, someone whom God has fearfully and wonderfully made in His own image and likeness.
In essence, this is a personal reproach and an insult to God… hence the danger of hell fire.
The bottom line of this issue is this…
You do not need to apologize for pointing out someone’s stupidity if, in the spirit of love, your intention is to warn them or others away from it.
God thought warning people about stupidity was so important He devoted entire Books of the Bible to it… According to bible categorization there are 5 specific Books of Wisdom, chief of which is the Book of Proverbs.
The first 4 verses of Proverbs clearly outline it’s purpose:
“These are the wise sayings of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:
They show you how to know wisdom and teaching, to find the words of understanding.
They help you learn about the ways of wisdom and what is right and fair.
They give wisdom to the child-like, and much learning and wisdom to those who are young.” (NLV)
To summarize, the purpose of this Book is to get you to stop being stupid and start being wise.
Pointing out someone’s lack of wisdom is neither here not there, what makes it right or wrong is the motive of your heart.
Are you pointing out someone’s stupidity to insult them and boost your own ego? This is Wrong!
Are you pointing out someone’s foolishness to warn them or others away from it and toward wisdom? This is Right!
Who Makes the Most Money of All Public Service Employees???
Do you know that in most states in America the highest paid Public Service Employees are Football and Basketball Coaches?
Let that sink in, while considering all the people who are classified as Public Service Employees.
“Public Service Employees” are included in the following areas:
Teachers, Counselors, University Professors, University Presidents, etc.
You know, the people who are tasked with training the young minds that will manage the affairs of the nation in the next generations.
Fire, EMS, Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, etc.
Those who risk their lives daily to ensure we live safely, often putting themselves in harms way to save the lives of strangers.
Physicians, Surgeons, Dentists, Nurses, Pharmacists, Psychologists, Vets, Technicians and other Health Professionals.
Those who have dedicated their own lives to saving others on a daily basis to help ensure the survival of the species (not a big deal, right?)
Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Air Force.
The brave men and women who volunteer to defend our right to freedom and the pursuit of our happiness, even sacrificing their own lives for us, if need be.
Engineers, Architects, Administrators, etc. The men and women who design and build the cities we live in. Who are responsible for all the infrastructures we take for granted, running water, electricity, waste disposal, etc.
In the event of earthquakes and other natural disasters these are the people who help ensure that the buildings we live and work in don’t crumble and kill us all.
NASA and NOAA
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration and The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration boast some of the most brilliant scientific minds on the planet, including Physicists, Biologists, Chemists and other PhD’s responsible for discovering the wonders of our universe from the oceans depths to the vastness of outer space.
Concerned mainly with the protection of citizens, Public Security is a very interesting field which includes the operations of organizations at the federal, state and local levels.
These include, The Mayor’s Office, the Courts System; Judges, Juries and Lawyers.
FEMA, the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, Customs and Border Protection, the CIA, NSA and the Secret Service (you know, those people who use their own bodies as human shields to protect the President of the United States… no biggie).
In conjunction with other agencies like the CDC it’s the job of all these agencies to serve in cases of pandemics, severe accidents, environmental disasters and acts of terrorism potentially saving millions of human lives but as a society we have determined that of all these people listed above, the ones we should reward with the greatest financial remuneration are those who train people to run across a field or court with a ball in their hands, simply for our amusement.
“People in America check ‘Christian’ on religious identification surveys because football is usually not one of the choices.”
– Chad Gibbs, Author of “Jesus Without Borders”
- Have we made entertainment into an idol, a false god that we worship?
According to scientific discovery there are 4 fundamental physical forces in nature
- The Gravitional Force
- The Electromagnetic Force
- The Weak Nuclear Force
- The Strong Nuclear Force
Gravity has it’s greatest impact in the Macroverse, at the cosmic level.
Electromagnetism and the Weak and Strong Interactions are most impactful in the Microverse at the atomic and sub-atomic levels.
Since Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity explains the cosmological mechanics of the universe it more or less governs the gravitational force.
And since Max Planck’s Quantum Theory explains things at the microscopic level, it covers the other three forces.
Physicists have been trying to find a unifying theory that would explain both the microscopic and macroscopic mechanics of the universe and this unified theory is what is coined, “A Theory of Everything.”
I have found that all 4 forces have one constant in that they all facilitate communication at the macro and micro levels of the universe
I’ve further discovered that the purpose of communication is connection therefore the primary function of the 4 fundamental physical forces is to keep the elements of the universe cohesive.
This is where it gets very interesting for me as a Bible Teacher because the Bible says about Jesus Christ.
- All things were created by Him – Col 1:16
- He holds all creation together – Col 1:17
- He upholds the universe by the word of his power – Hebrews 1:3
- His Name is called The Word of God – Revelation 19:13
So, the primary purpose of the 4 basic physical forces is to keep the universe connected through communication but there is no unifying theory that explains all four.
Enter Jesus Christ who created, sustains, upholds and personally keeps every element of the universe connected.
Can Jesus Christ, therefore, be the Essence and Foundation of A Theory of Everything?
Can He, Himself be the missing link between the Theory of Relativity – governing the Macroverse and Quantum Theory – covering the Microverse?
Is He the Source of the Gravitational, Electromagnetic, Weak and Strong Nuclear Forces of the universe?
I think He is. How about you?
Why Am I Here?
Why Did God Create Human Beings?
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Successful people embrace the difficulties of life with the understanding that as they face and overcome each challenge they are being forced to grow into a better and better version of themselves and in so doing they are able to more efficiently serve humanity with their gifts.
This process allows them to become more valuable to society and the more valuable to society you become the more your income grows.
You increase your value to society by becoming a better and better problem solver and your income grows consistently with the quality or quantity of problems you choose to solve.
The tragedy of this reality is that 21st century society has placed a higher value on Entertainment than on Education that’s why Athletes and Actors are millionaires and Teachers are broke!
Quality vs. Quantity
So how should the wise person relate to this information?
For instance, solving medical and legal problems are of very high value so generally speaking Doctors and Lawyers make a lot of money.
The problem is, there is an extremely high price to pay to become a Doctor or Lawyer, so where does that leave the average person with beyond average dreams?
Remember, income grows consistently with the quality or quantity of problems you choose to solve… Quality OR Quantity!
Lawyers and Doctors earn a lot because of the QUALITY of problems they solve.
If becoming a Doctor or Lawyer is too expensive a price to pay, then you need to find a problem in large enough QUANTITY so that a lot of people will pay you to solve it.
Ask yourself this question… What problem exists in a very large quantity that I can learn to solve without having to pay too high a price to get started?
Think about it… everyone needs or wants more money. Even those who are already financially well off by society’s standards still desire more money.
So, what if you could solve people’s financial problems? What if you could show a lot of people a way to earn more money with very low risk to themselves?
Would THAT pay YOU a lot?
Finding What Can Pay YOU
Dexter and Birdie Yager are the highest paid Network Marketers in the world, earning $1.3 million dollars every month!
That’s great news but here’s the interesting thing, they earn this because they have built the most successful Network Marketing organization in the history of the world.
Their team spans more than 40 countries with over 1 million Distributor/Partners.
In other words, they are currently helping over one million people achieve financial freedom… THAT’S WHY THEY ARE PAID SO WELL!!!
They have found a problem that everyone needs solving and have become experts at solving it.
That’s the Essence of Network Marketing… helping as many people as you can, solve their financial problem.
This is something YOU can learn to do.
The Network Marketing Industry is an open playing field for anyone to succeed.
The choice is yours!
What is God’s Purpose for Human Life on Earth?
The Purpose of life is enshrined in God’s Prime Directive to the Human Race… Be Fruitful, Multiply, Have Dominion. (Gen 1:28)
To Be Fruitful – Manifest Your Full Potential as a Child of God
To Multiply – Duplicate Yourself in Others as a Kingdom Leader
To Have Dominion – Competently Govern Your Given Jurisdiction
What Does the Bible Mean When it Says to be Fruitful?
It is to discover and develop your God-given gifts and abilities and to constructively employ them in the service of humanity and to the glory of God.
The essence of fruitfulness is in recognizing and accepting that there are no limitations on you beside those you place upon yourself.
To be fruitful is to continually rise to meet and overcome every challenge life throws at you and in so doing become an increasingly more valuable member of society and of the Kingdom of God.
What Does the Bible Mean When it Says to Multiply?
God does NOT create followers! This is evident because He created every human being in His own image and likeness… and God follows no one!
Every human being, therefore, is a born leader but needs to discover this truth and learn how to cultivate the attributes of effective leadership within themselves.
The responsibility of leadership is to duplicate more leaders and by “duplicate” I mean to help others discover and develop the inherent leader within themselves.
It is this duplication of leadership that the bible refers to when it commands us to multiply.
What Does the Bible Mean When it Says to Have Dominion?
One is Exousia meaning “Authority” and the other is Dunamis which means “Ability”
Having Dominion is effectively exercising and demonstrating authority and ability over a given jurisdiction.
The essence of having dominion is partnering with God and employing the power He has given us to effectively govern the earth.
Trying to have dominion without God, therefore, is both useless and fruitless.
Having dominion means using all the resources at your command with guidance of the Holy Spirit to make this world a better place to live in, while preparing for the Kingdom of God.
The essence of dominion is to effectively channel the power of God to effect positive change in the earth.
Demonstrating dominion begins with your own spirit, mind and body, then extends to your home, family and community, next your city, nation and the world.
The ultimate purpose for your life is to become a join-ruler with God over the universe He created with you in mind!