Echoes From the Campfire

To a fool time brings only age, not wisdom.”
              –Louis L’Amour  (Sitka)

    “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good.”
              –Psalm 14:1 (NKJV)
This is not a joke, this is just something I don’t understand.  How can people of sound mind say that there is no God when “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork” (Psalm 19:1, NKJV)?  This is purposely remaining ignorant.  To look into the majestic sky at night seeing all the stars and thinking, “it just happened” –what foolishness!”
    How can people see what Jesus did for them on the cross and refuse to accept His sacrifice and redemption?  This is the height of foolishness.  Why choose a devil’s hell when Jesus paid the price so that each person could go to heaven?  Arrogance and foolishness!
    “Life hath been set before you, the joys of heaven have been opened to you in the gospel; the certainty of them have been manifested; the certainty of the everlasting torments of the damned hath been declared to you,” wrote Richard Baxter.  There is a choice for all to make, it is complete foolishness to choose the road to perdition.
    Yet many will not turn.  They will choose to go their own way, therefore it is not the fault of God that they are condemned, but because of their own willfulness and refusing the sacrifice of Jesus on Calvary.  
    This is the atheist’s holiday–April Fools’ Day–April 1.  Let’s look at what a fool is from the Book of Proverbs.  In the New King James a fool is mentioned 78 times in Proverbs.

         “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (1:7)

         “For the turning away of the simple will slay them, And the complacency of fools will destroy them.” (1:32)

         “The wise shall inherit glory, But shame shall be the legacy of fools.” (3:35)

         “Forsake foolishness and live, And go in the way of understanding.”  (9:6)

         “The wise in heart will receive commands, But a prating fool will fall.”  (10:8)

         “To do evil is like sport to a fool, But a man of understanding has wisdom.”  (10:23)

         “Fools mock at sin, But among the upright there is favor.”  (14:9)

         “The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.”  (15:2)

Here is enough to give us the idea of the heart and course of the “fool.”  Foolishness, folly is the choice of many which will lead down the road to destruction.  Heed the advice of our Lord Jesus, seek to find the narrow gate, follow the difficult way, and find life everlasting (Matthew 7:13-14).
    We may laugh at the foolish pranks done today.  We may smile at the puns or the jokes, but the way of the fool is no laughing matter.  He is to be pitied and witnessed to, if he will listen.  I like what Charles Portis wrote in True Grit, “What have you done when you have bested a fool?”