Christian Life

Wicked Madness

My mind was wandering in a recent church meeting (quite common) and I opened up to my favorite book in the Bible and saw a verse more clearly than I had before. What I mean by that is that God opened my eyes to see just how TRUE it was.  The verse is Ecclesiastes 10:13 “Fools base their thoughts on foolish assumptions, so their conclusions will be wicked madness; they chatter on and on.”

So I got to thinking about this, and before I get to my conclusion I need to set up something else.  I generally don’t like “christian” movie review sites because generally I think they have a very truncated view on godliness.  For instance, often they will* give an accounting of the number of curse words, level of violence, and sexual stuff.  The takeaway of course being that if you don’t have those things then its safe for children.

I. Completely. Despise. This. Type. Of. Thinking.

The reviewers didn’t talk about such things as: how often do the characters consult the Lord?  How frequently is the plot focused on a singular individual instead of the entire constellation of people and circumstances that surrounded that individual?  Why isn’t Jesus being brought into the dialogue more?

{Okay so that is the introductory point in which I’m trying to establish that godliness includes not just and expunging of “negative behaviors”, but rather and desire to step out of one’s own life/story into the bigger Life/Story that God is telling through his people.}

Okay so that being established, lets get back to the Ecclesiastes verse.  I’m gonna say that someone who is an upstanding citizen but doesn’t know the Lord falls under the category of “fools” of this verse.  Lets go way back to, say, 4,000 years ago.  Or 400 years ago.  Whatever time you want.  Next pick anywhere in the world: there you will have people that don’t know the lord, but make their own choices on whom they marry, what jobs to do, what businesses to create, what wars to fight, how to populate, and so on.  Then that generation gives birth to the next one, who make all the same decisions, almost completely without consulting the lord (Matt 7:14), then they have the next generation that does the same, and so on and so on and so on…

Until here we are in 2017 with 7 billion people on the planet, and we truly have no idea of the scope of just how WRECKED this place and our lives have become.  I only have a  small glimmer of understanding of this, but it brings to memory one of the saddest verses in the entire scriptures: “The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil.  So the Lord was very sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth.  It broke his heart.”-Gen 6:5-6.

This applies to all sorts of things; even things we may not generally think of, like the way cities are designed, the business that exist, the fact that money is so integral to society, and on and on…

I don’t have any big conclusion here, its just something I’m seeing more clearly, but I do think of the verse in Acts where Paul had gone into the city and brought some kingdom light and the people got upset and wanted him driven out of the city and said they “…have turned the world upside down…”


*disclaimer: my opinion is based on history years ago, so there may be better ones out there now

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    Ruth Pfiester
    November 11, 2017 at 6:35 am

    Who better than the Lord to make order out of chaos?

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