Proverbs 24:8-9 – The “Common Sense Man” is a man of politically incorrect views and principles.

Given the recent media headlines and President Barack Hussein Obama’s edict that opens, in fact demands, that boys who “self-identify” as girls and girls who “self-identify” as boys be given the right to use the restrooms, shower, and locker rooms of the opposite sex in our public schools, I felt a repeat of a devotion from May 24, 2014 would be timely.

Proverbs 24:8-9 “He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person. 9 The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.”

Many Christians have a certain naivety about them when it comes to understanding the ways of sin and the manner of sinners. The majority of Christians with whom I fellowship have a good-hearted nature, a desire to believe the best, and a willingness to trust others.  However, if we are not careful, we forget we are clay and the nature of sin rests within us all.   I remind you—we live in a sin cursed world and men and women are born sinners by nature (Romans 3:10-19, 23).

overallsMy study of the Book of Proverbs has reminded me that the “Common Sense Man” is a man of politically incorrect views and principles. He is a man who has cast aside the blinders of humanistic philosophy and pop psychology and put on spiritual principles established on the Word of God.

Solomon takes the blinders off his son in Proverbs 24:8-9 and exposes sinners for who they are–men with a fallen, depraved nature. Solomon writes:

Proverbs 24:8“He that deviseth [purposes; plots; plans; schemes] to do evil shall be called [proclaimed; called out] a mischievous person [scheming; lewd].”

“Politically correct” mania has taken hold on our nation and sinners are demanding their right to sin with impunity.  A vociferous, mischievous generation is attempting to intimidate and marginalize those who hold to scriptural, traditional and moral values.   Unfortunately, many countrychurchChristians have lost their nerve to speak God’s Truth for fear they will be accused of insensitivity and forced to wear the latest “phobia” label.   Let it be said, based on the authority of God’s Word:  It is wicked for a man or woman to plot and scheme to do evil!  Because sin does not satisfy, sinners are forever inventing new ways and means of pursuing their sinful lusts.  Paul echoes that truth when he described sinners as “inventors of evil things” (Romans 1:30).

Proverbs 24:9“The thought [purpose; plan] of foolishness [silliness; insolence; thick-headedness] is sin: and the scorner [mocker] is an abomination to men [he is repulsive; detestable; repugnant].”

Sin is sport to a fool and he gives little thought to the consequences of his sinful choices and schemes.  The fool of Proverbs 24:9 is silly, thickheaded, insolent and loathsome to his family and acquaintances!   Who among us can number the tragic consequences of a lustful eye, adulterous heart, a covetous spirit or a bitter, insolent attitude?

Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith