The social upheaval we have witnessed over the past six months serves as a high-definition portrayal of Paul’s description of unredeemed humanity—“For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools” (Romans 1:21–22).
One thing in particular that stands out is the rejection of the rule of cause-and-effect. Those in charge of public education are increasingly skeptical that 2+2=4. Politicians imagine out loud that shuttering prisons will bring increased safety to our communities. Masses assemble to call for special protections for lawbreakers while decrying the nuclear family. Increasing numbers of young men believe they have an inherent right to a guaranteed income, even if they don’t work. And the list goes on. At the center is the conviction that cause-and-effect is an old social invention that must be demolished, and in its place a new order erected—one in which there will be no relationship between sowing and reaping.
To reject cause-and-effect is to reject the God of the Bible. God has revealed Himself as a God of faithfulness and order, not chaos and confusion. In fact, this constancy is what makes wisdom possible. Because ideas have consequences in God’s universe, because particular behaviors foresee particular rewards or punishments, and because one reaps what he sows, a person can listen, observe, learn, and change to the extent that he can anticipate the dangers on life’s path and navigate them with joy and success. But wisdom does not come from self-reliance. Those who lean on their own understanding are the very ones believing that 2+2=5. Instead, wisdom begins, continues, and ends only with submission to God’s Word (Proverbs 1:7).
In short, foolishness is the real pandemic, and the consequences are far more devastating than one can imagine. The extraordinary need of the day is for Christian men to live and lead with divinely-bestowed wisdom.
With this in mind, Men of the Word will embark on a year-long thematic study of the book of Proverbs—the curriculum on cause-and-effect. Beginning Wednesday evening, September 2, we invite all men to join us from 7:00–9:00 PM each week for study, discussion, fellowship, and encouragement.
Don’t miss this opportunity to strengthen your own convictions and encourage one another.
Since the purpose of the book of Proverbs is to convey wisdom, it is natural that many of its teachings deal with wisdom’s antithesis—foolishness. Proverbs treats foolishness as mankind’s greatest enemy. It is man’s most lethal disease. He is already infected with it by the time he is born. Wisdom—“the fear of God” (Proverbs 1:7)—is the only antidote.