Wise and Fools

I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish.  That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome.  Romans 1:14-15
Did Paul just call the Romans foolish?  I think he may have.  There’s a good way to set-up your future audience (or so Paul thought at the time)—call them fools.  I’m sure after receiving this letter, the Romans are okay that Paul never makes it to Rome to preach.
I understand where Paul’s coming from, though.  I think anyone who’s led a small group, taught a Sunday School class, or otherwise attempted ministry knows the obligation to minister to both the wise and the foolish.  Some people are drawn to the fools.  They’re driven by a desire to change people, to help fools become wise.  They’re compassionate, optimistic, hopeful leaders.  Others are drawn to the wise.  They’re driven by a desire to change the world through high-capacity, intelligent people.  They’re driven, potent, and energetic leaders. 
But we’re obligated to be both kinds of leaders. 
We’re obligated to both kinds of people.
We’ve been both kinds of people.
Lord, remind me of how often I am foolish.  Give me patience for others who behave foolishly.  Grant me your wisdom.


  1. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

    I think, in parallel, that he's actually calling the Jews foolish.

    Either way, I'm tired of being foolish. "Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path" (Pr 2:9). I have no idea what that means.


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