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Stupidity has a very noticeable odor.  When one is in a situation where stupidity reigns, it is itself intolerable.  Stupidity has many side effects.  It causes people to ignore God and become self-sufficient.  It causes them to make choices that are life ending, life threatening, and world changing. As a former prosecutor, we always opined that the criminal code could be made a great deal more simple by adding a law called felony stupid.
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Stupid not only lives in the criminal realm, it also lives in politics, corporate America and hold on to your hats, the church.  As God’s chosen, we need to cling to the truth of his word and stand firm in what we know is right.  We cannot succumb to the culture’s pressure to ignore what is right and decent to avoid offending those that make stupid choices.
 
As a father, husband, worker and follower of Christ, I am under scrutiny all the time.  I make my share of dumb choices–and believe me, they stick out like dirty socks. I am grateful that God is full of grace and mercy and will forgive and restore those willing to admit and agree we make stupid choices– and seek to follow him in making the right choices as we move ahead.
 
God Bless You
As dead flies give perfume a bad smell,
    so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.
The heart of the wise inclines to the right,
    but the heart of the fool to the left.
Even as fools walk along the road,
    they lack sense
    and show everyone how stupid they are.
If a ruler’s anger rises against you,
    do not leave your post;
    calmness can lay great offenses to rest.

There is an evil I have seen under the sun,
    the sort of error that arises from a ruler:
Fools are put in many high positions,
    while the rich occupy the low ones.