The Kingdom of Fools
T. J. Hallock
Portions of Romans 1:18-32
In our Scripture for this morning Paul describes a unique kingdom that I choose to call ''The Kingdom of Fools''. Its citizens would be highly offended by such a description for they prefer to think of themselves as the wisest of the wise. Yet, if you don't mind, I'll continue to call it the ''Kingdom of Fools'' because that is how the Bible describes it, and, as you may know, I have a thing for the Bible. Therefore since in Romans 1:22 the Bible says of this kingdom that ''although they claimed to be wise, they became fools'' I'll side with the Word and continue to call it ''The Kingdom of Fools.''
THE MOTTO OF THE KINGDOM OF FOOLS
The Kingdom of Fools has an unwritten but widely held motto. ''NEVER LET THE FACTS GET IN THE WAY''. Though used to rationalize whatever they want to do, this motto particularly applies to their rejection of the facts concerning the existence and authority of the God of the Bible [the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph who became flesh in Jesus Christ].
In Romans 1:20-23 andamp; 25 Paul writes about this rejection of God. ''For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles... They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator - who is forever praised. Amen.''
Paul may have praised and said ''Amen'' to the Bible's God but no one in the Kingdom of Fools does. Even though they can't help but see His handiwork each morning as ...
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