A Hand-slap to the Forehead: A Slow Fool
The following post is the third in a series of seven posts by guest blogger Jay Beerley
I’m sure everyone has had those hand-slaps to the forehead moments. You know, where you just can’t believe that someone said what they said or did what they did so you just have to hit yourself in the head (so as to not hit the other person, I guess)? Welcome to life dealing with a slow fool. The slow fool could also be described as sluggish, dull and obstinate.
When given the chance, the slow fool just almost always seems to choose the wrong path. Proverbs 13:19 says that this type of fool simply does not turn away from evil. As I was thinking through this type of fool, the embodiment of this if often those we have to help financially in our churches. They just seem to make unwise decision after unwise decision. You help a slow fool out, and what do they do? They just get in more trouble.
As a parent, we want to make sure we help our children discern the difference between being friends with non-believers and making a person or group of people who don’t live in fear of the Lord an influencing force in their life. A slow fool will often choose the wrong friends.
The inexperience part of the foolishness is now gone. So parents and leaders dealing with a slow fool must be more intentional to get at the heart of their child’s rebellious choices. Proverbs 10:23 warns us that doing wrong is like a “joke” to a slow fool. We must confront them with the seriousness of sin against God and use that opportunity to exalt the fact that “God made Him who knew no sin to become sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Cor. 5:21)
Jay Beerley is Senior Pastor of East Side Baptist Church in Haskell, TX. Before entering the pastorate, Jay was in student ministry for 11 years. He is finishing his Masters of Divinity at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He ministers in Haskell with his beautiful wife Christi and his children, Andrew and Anna.