by Jim Henry

Rev. Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church Orlando
3000 South John Young Parkway
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691

"A Sucker Born Every Minute (Fools)"
Proverbs 17:21

Sunday 2/2/97, 9:30 a.m. Service

Brooks Hays, a former Congressman from Arkansas and one-time
president of the Southern Baptist Convention and quite a guy, told
the story of a bishop who spoke to a politician who came to him for
guidance. The bishop gave him this advice: "What I want you to do
is the next time there is a storm, step out in the rain, turn your face
upward and you'll get a revelation." The next day the politician
came to the bishop and said, "I did exactly what you said." The
bishop asked him what had happened. He said, "It rained and I
went out and lifted my face heavenward and all I got was rain down
the back of my collar. I felt like a fool." The bishop said, "That's a
pretty good revelation for the first time!"

The Bible has a lot to say about fools. In fact, in the Book of
Proverbs forty-five times the word "fool" is used and another
twenty-nine times "fools" or "foolish" are used, just in that one Book
of Proverbs. Now, you ask, "Why in the world would the Bible talk
so much about fools when it says that fools are so difficult to
handle and that they can't be changed?" You get the idea from
Proverbs that a fool is someone who is unable to change. Why
would God say so much about fools if there's nothing you can do
for them? Good question. The other question comes and is found
in Matthew, chapter 5, where Jesus says, "Don't call any man a
fool." Yet here in the Bible it talks about fools, staying away from
them and what to look for in a fool. It doesn't make sense.

In Matthew, chapter five, when Jesus says not to call a man a fool,
He has used it with several other things preceding that and it
means, in a sense of anger ...

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