Teach Not Fools, But Encourage The Wise

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 | Labels: , , , , , , , , | |

The modern Christian movement has placed much effort in the rebuke of fools.  Fools, in this sense, is not a derogatory term but are those who ignore the truths of reality in the realm of cause and consequence to perpetuate their lifestyle.  Instead, their wisdom is found in the world of sensual pleasure and self-exalted philosophy.  

Ravi Zacharias once said about our generation, "How do you reach a generation that listens with its eyes and thinks with its feelings?"

I merit this challenge as the greatest demand of the Christians of my generation.  Fools are those who think with their feelings.  The moods of man are highly fluctuational depending on that which delights his senses at a particular time.  In the test of truth, senses are deceiving, and fail to yield long term happiness.  

The distraction Satan has placed before us is one of blind challenge.  The modern Christian tries dearly to both justify and exemplify the truth of Jesus Christ to those who think with their senses.  The result is always that of disappointment and shattered faith.  Faith is lost because their efforts to help those they love yield little to no results.

The Bible clearly defines the uselessness attempting to teach the the truths of Christ to fools.
"A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself." - Proverbs 18:2
"The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise." - Proverbs 12:15
A Christian can expell much of their energy in the attempt to teach wisdom to fools.  Fools, in turn, will find pleasure in the twisting of their wise words to fit their sensual lives.  The fool understands that giving into God means to give up the life of sensual truth.  No longer are they subject to their own will, but to the will of one who will reveal their worldly pleasures as the path to death.
“Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.” — C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
Attempting to teach fools merely opens the Christian to vulnurability of receiving hatred from the world.  Those who have hardened their hearts against wisdom have already made themselves the enemy of the truth.  As with any battle, the fool sees the enemy as one that needs defeated, not tolerated.

It seems evident, the work of the modern Christian should focus it's efforts on teaching and encouraging those who are willing to subject themselves to the spirit of truth.  A person of this stature is one who has humility and has admitted they are open to the possibilities of truths beyond their sensual perceptions.  Many times, it is those who have reached a moral bankruptcy while living under the poor wisdom of fools.

The Christian faith offers truth for both the mind and the heart.  It bears answers to questions even avid skeptics have found perplexing.  For those who hunger for the truth of Christ through the mind, they ought to seek the writings of those who have endured the same intellectual challenges.

God has a way of reaching fools, in his own time.  The role of the Christian is to pray for those who do not seek his wisdom.  The fool doesn't believe in God's wisdom because of his heart, not his mind.  Jesus Christ, as the master of the heart, is the only one who can open the will of those who have hardened their hearts to his word.
"Ultimately, the problem with man is not the absence of evidence, it is the suppression of it." - Ravi Zacharias
C.S. Lewis was, for a large portion of his life, a staunch Atheist.  He challenged the Christian faith, as well as others, on all facets of the truth.  He was not a man of poor intelligence, he was one who seeked deeper answers to lifes more complex questions. Ravi Zacharias, who heads up RZIM, has made it his life's pursuit to accept the most intellectual of challenges from both theists and atheists against Christianity.  He often illustrates no other argument is near as coherent and filled with the wisdom and truth of life.

Seek not to change the minds of fools, pray that their hearts open to the necessity of God's wisdom.  Through actions and words, seek to bring enlightenment to those who openly love wisdom, of whose heart Jesus has already softened to the need for his truths.

- Craig Chamberlin