How many times have you heard that today?
It’s a popular pastime among many to pull pranks on friends and family for a good laugh and the proclamation of “April Fools!”
Since today is considered April Fools’ Day, let’s take a look at what the Bible has to say about real fools.
“The fool hath said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.” (Psalm 14:1, KJV)
We also see that a fool is one who doesn’t listen to wise counsel.
A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent. (Proverbs 15:5, KJV)
There are a lot more verses about fools in the Bible. What does the Bible say we should do about fools?
Fools are such a problem that about a whole chapter of Proverbs 26 is dedicated to them and what we should do about them.
“Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.
Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.” (Proverbs 26:4-5, KJV. Emphasis added)
What does it mean to say “answer not a fool” and then to say “answer a fool”? What are we supposed to do?
God is telling us through Solomon that we need to be wise in how we respond to fools. There are times when we should not get into a debate or argument with a fool who tries to start trouble by spreading lies.
However, there are other times when we need to be bold and take a stand for the truth of God.
In other words, choose your battles wisely. Sometimes non-believers try to trap Christians by starting arguments, hoping to get an angry outburst and make the Christian look intolerant and hateful.
In cases like that it is a good idea to walk away and let God handle it. God sees the foolish things being said about you and He has your back. Often I have seen God work through friends in ways that I would have never been able to handle the attack directly.
Then there are those times when you see a fool lying about God and your faith and you simply must speak. If I try to leave a discussion alone and not get involved but even prayer doesn’t take it off my heart, I know it’s time to speak up.
Those are the moments when I can relate to Jeremiah.
Then I said, “I will not make mention of Him, nor speak anymore in His name.” But His word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, and I could not. (Jeremiah 20:9, NKJV)
Jeremiah was very aware of what fools do when we share the truth. If you read the rest of Jeremiah 20 you can see what he was up against.
Fools in Jeremiah’s day weren’t much different from fools we face today, were they?
So what do fools think of our faith?
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18, KJV)
They may think that we are foolish for believing in God, but one day, when Christ returns, we will see who the real fool is.
There are many more verses on fools in the Bible. Can you think of any that might help us learn how to avoid being a fool ourselves?
Please share it with us in the comments. I’d love to hear what you think about it.
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