“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.” (Psalm 14:1)
Most people that you meet in this life are fools, in fact most of the people ever born are fools. “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:” (Matt. 7:13)
The only people on this planet who are not fools are those who have been born-again, and so, once again, we see that there are only two classes of people on the planet. A fool is one who orders his life as if there is no God in heaven, and that God can only refer to the Almighty. Now, if you ask most people anywhere on earth if they believe in God you will generally hear an answer in the affirmative, but rarely are they speaking of the One who created the heavens and the earth, the One who sent His Son to die for our sins, and it takes very few questions to realize this truth.
The difficulty comes when the answers may lead you to believe we are speaking about the Lord in the conversation when their lives do not reflect their words.
Today is Sunday morning, and as I usually do, I will walk our dogs past four different churches today, all within five blocks of each other, a Roman Catholic cult, a Lutheran, a dead church and one that professes Christ as Lord but seems to live by the eleventh commandment, “Thou shalt never offend.” I have met in my time in this town nearly every single person that attends these churches, and I cannot recall even once over all those years a single one of them initiating a conversation with me about the Scriptures.
This is the difficulty, are they all fools? Surely not one would think, but then why would they remain silent about Him who they profess to love, why do they leave the Lord Jesus Christ in church, why do they not speak of Him at least in passing conversation even when the subject matter being conversed is not Christ as the main topic?
“Judge not, that ye be not judged.” Matthew 7:1 is the verse that may have just came into your mind, isn’t it?
Our actions and words are indicators of who we are, and performing an obligation once a week for an hour or so is not much of an indicator of the totality of a person’s life. For decades I have known some of the individuals, and not once can I recall a conversation initiated by any one of them about Christ, but I will walk past their cars that are nearly always in those church parking lots in a few minutes.
I take this walk in a Spiritual sense, it is my way on Sunday morning of making myself available to the Holy Spirit for that short time in case there is someone He wants to say something to, but most when they see me either only wave or quickly look the other way, because of one simple truth. They know that usually in a short time if they begin speaking to me something about the Scriptures will come up, and that it will revolve in a way towards a personal nature about their supposed walk with the Lord.
Am I judging them? No, not in the least, if I wasn’t concerned with their final place of eternal existence I would not even speak with them. “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” (1st Peter 3:15)
Those who have been crucified with Christ look for every opportunity to do just that, fools are concerned with the world and their place in it.