Back in my old prosecutor days, we often talked about the idea that the criminal justice system could be greatly simplified by passing a law that made it a crime to be “Felony Stupid”. Invariably, when prosecuting a case, we learned that those who commit crimes would usually remain uncaught–if it was not for their own foolish actions—bragging about their crimes, keeping trophies, not knowing when to quit or simply not thinking through their actions. Their foolishness was the best tool law enforcement possessed.
Solomon was paying tribute to that quality when he highlighted how foolish people stand out. You cannot honor them—they will behave in a way that prevents it. You can’t trust them, they always will find a way to betray that trust. The harder one tries to include them in what is good and honorable, the more they stand out as one that does not fit. So what is one to do with the foolish? First, we continue to pray that God will catch hold of their hearts. In 2 Corinthians 5:17, Paul tells us that if anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation. The old is gone the new has come. No matter how foolish, Christ can change ones’ heart.
The other thing is simply not to associate or rely upon the foolish. Without Christ, their behavior does not change—and while most of us want to look for the best in folks, the foolish are and act compulsively foolish. Keep your distance and put no expectation or reliance in them. It may hurt their feelings, but it could save your reputation or even your life. God’s wisdom is a treasure and we need to guard it and use it carefully. Help me Lord not to be felony stupid or waste my time on others who are.
God Bless You
Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, honor is not fitting for a fool. 2 Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest. 3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the backs of fools! 4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him. 5 Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes. 6 Sending a message by the hands of a fool is like cutting off one’s feet or drinking poison. 7 Like the useless legs of one who is lame is a proverb in the mouth of a fool. 8 Like tying a stone in a sling is the giving of honor to a fool. 9 Like a thornbush in a drunkard’s hand is a proverb in the mouth of a fool. 10 Like an archer who wounds at random is one who hires a fool or any passer-by. 11 As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly. 12 Do you see a person wise in their own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for them.