Oh, Rest Will Come…One Day

The following was taken from my other blog, ProverbialThought.com.

Proverbs 29:9

“If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.”

The first thing we should understand is that this proverb’s setting, according to most commentaries, is in something like a courtroom. The word “contendeth” implies such. However, as we watch the “wise” contending with “fools” in courtrooms around the world, it is becoming harder and harder to determine which is the defendant.

In most situations, if you were to walk into a courtroom, you would expect the “wise” to be on the side of the prosecution, while the “foolish man” would be the other guy: the one slobbering on himself, freaking out, and making outrageous, unreasonable arguments for his case. But sadly, especially in the cases where God is on trial; where morals, faith, and family are under assault; where Christ is deemed an unnecessary and offensive part of Christmas, the “wise” are on the defense.

Consider the following commentary on Proverbs 29:9. As you read it, think of those who want to remove any resemblance of faith and religion from the public square, such as the Freedom from Religion Foundation, American Atheists, Richard Dawkins, etc.

He makes his argument not by logic, reason, or clear evidence but in a range of wild responses in which he “rages [a verb for “earthquake” in 30:21; Amos 8:8] or laughs,” probably in a mocking, sneering fashion to try to sway the verdict. The “peace” that ought to come from reconciliation, or at least a sound decision, is impossible. The matter bubbles on interminably to the pain of the wise and the distress of the community.[1]

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In a public speech to his fellow atheists gathering in Washington, D.C., Richard Dawkins gave some suggestions. When contending with those who believe in God, especially Christians, he advised: Mock them. Ridicule them. In public…with contempt. Chillingly, in predictive fashion, the Bible says “that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts…” (2 Pet. 3:3). We must be getting close.

One day the Righteous Judge will hold court, but don’t lose hope. Even though we may have acted like fools in one way or another, those of us who’s Advocate is Jesus Christ (1 Jn. 2:1) have nothing to fear. Wisdom personified will argue on our behalf.

The foolish man, however, will be able to argue his own case. And once again, with rage and contempt, spewing out all manner of hatred and vile, he will attempt to justify himself.

But on that day, God will not be mocked (Gal. 6:7). 

[1] David A. Hubbard and Lloyd J. Ogilvie, Proverbs, vol. 15, The Preacher’s Commentary Series (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Inc, 1989), 462.


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4 responses to “Oh, Rest Will Come…One Day

  1. That’s a very Interesting spin on things. Are morals under attack? No. Is family under attack? No. Is Faith under attack? I guess you really need to define it. My feeling is that you feel like your religion is under attack… and maybe there is some truth to that statement. Let’s look at your message…

    You refer to people who follow your religion as “wise” and then refer to people such as Atheists, etc. as fools. “the one slobbering on himself, freaking out, and making outrageous, unreasonable arguments for his case. “. I don’t fall in your ‘religious’ category and if what you wrote reflects how you feel about others, it doesn’t sound like a very nice religion. Of course, as they say, God/Bible is infallible, Human’s are fallible. Maybe the issue isn’t your God?

    Christmas is not under attack. Christmas is December 25th (and while technically Jesus was not born on December 25th and the roots of the holiday are various such as pagan celebrations/Winter Solstice..etc. We can forgo the technicalities) Several holidays are celebrated during December but heaven forbid, if we acknowledge *ALL* by saying “Happy Holidays” (which has been a standard greeting for hundreds of years) prior to the last decades “War on Christmas”, Christians are convinced it is a slight against their religion. December is a wonderful time of the year, We should really use it to reach out to everyone and enjoy the holidays, regardless of our religion or worldview. To add to this, I think many people want their holiday to be recognized and celebrated as well.

    “One day the Righteous Judge will hold court….” and this is your belief. There are other people who believe differently than you, and thanks to the United States, we all have freedom to worship as we choose. I think the issue is when you castigate or belittle those who do not believe what you believe. Atheists, Agnostics, Freethinkers, Humanists…etc have been persecuted for thousands of years – In the last 150 or so years They have been afforded their right of conscious.

    It is just my opinion that they are now standing up to those who persecuted and oppressed them in the past. And those who still think it’s okay to do now. Obviously if you refer to someone as a fool, eventually they are going to push back against it.

    Why not write something nice, how people of different faiths, religions and worldviews can get along?

    Thanks for your time.

  2. Pingback: Oh, Rest Will Come…One Day | Greg Carrasco

  3. If we are mocked, we will respond in love, as Christ called us to.
    “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

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