In our last article we dealt with the stark fact that, although most of us do foolish things, there are people who are, by their own nature fools themselves. Those who are fools often cause great damage to those who associate with them and to society as a whole.

Does God love them? Certainly. How much does God love them? As much as He does you and me, but He abhors their attitude and actions, so much that He informs us in the Holy Scriptures concerning who they are, what they do and how believers are to act toward them.

Because that is so important, I am providing information below which will give insights from God’s Word on how to identify a fool and how we are to act or react to them and their behavior.

Think about these truths when you are considering a new friendship, a possible romantic courtship, a business venture or, a possible position of authority and especially, who you vote for as a political candidate.

Here we go:

1.  A fool does not believe in the God of the Bible.
“The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’”
Psalm 53:11; 14:1, Proverbs 1:7

2.  A fool finds no harm in sin.
“Fools mock at sin…”
Proverbs 14:9; 10:23, Isaiah 32:6

3.  A fool hates the truth.
“And fools hate knowledge.”
Proverbs 1:22; 18:2-3; 12:15; 26:6-7

4.  A fool loves to argue.
“If a wise man has an argument with a fool, the fool only rages and laughs and there is no quiet.”
Proverbs 29:9; 18:2-7; 10:14-19; 12:15

5.  A fool speaks with lying lips and hates to listen.
“Lying lips are abomination to the Lord…the heart of fools proclaim foolishness.”
Proverbs 12:22-23; 10:18-19; 18:6-7

6.  A fool believes everything he reads.
“The naïve believes everything…a wise man is cautious and turns away evil, but a fool is arrogant and careless.”
Proverbs 14:15-16

7.  A fool is quick to anger and cause problems.
“Fools vent their anger, but the wise quietly hold it back.”
Proverbs 29:11; 10:18:13; 18:2-3

8.  A fool is always right in their own mind and will not receive instruction.
“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes…”
Proverbs 12:15; 15:5; 15:14; 18:2

9.  A fool will always return to his foolish ways.
“As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness.”
Proverbs 26:11

10.  A fool’s heart is always thinking of ungodliness.
“For the fool speaks folly, and his heart is busy with iniquity, to practice ungodliness, to utter error concerning the Lord, to leave the craving of the hungry unsatisfied, and to deprive the thirsty of drink.”
Isaiah 32:6, Proverbs 10:23

The Bible is clear in its warnings about friendships and trusting in fools. They have no capacity for wisdom and understanding but rather despise both. They have wickedness and sin in the hearts and only want to pull others into their ungodly snares.

When the child of God learns to recognize and avoid friendship with a fool they are blessed by God for their wisdom and protected from evil.

By the way, think on this Scripture found in Ecclesiastes 10:2…

“The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.”



The most published newspaper article in history comes from a letter that eight year old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote to newsman Francis Pharcellus Church in the year 1897. She wrote to inquire whether or not there was a real Santa Claus. Mr. Church answered that question in an unsigned article published on 9/21/1897 in the New York Sun newspaper. It was titled, “Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus.”

In today’s blog and the one which will follow next week, I want to answer a question that was asked to me this past week by a sincere and concerned man. Frustrated by the idiocy (noun, Definition – a form of government in which a country or territory is run by fools), of politicians in Washington and across America, he asked me, “Pastor Lee, these days I don’t know who to support or vote for. How can I know if a person is a fool or not? Am I wrong to call a person a fool?”

Well, today Bob I will tell you, “Yes, indeed, there are people who are complete fools, not only in politics but in every area of life, and it is not wrong to label a fool, a fool.”

In my boyhood, my mother forbade our family to call any other person a fool. Dad didn’t seem to care if we did or not – I guess he had met too many of them in person.

My mother’s conviction came from the scriptural admonition found in Matthew 5:22 where Jesus told His disciples that whoever is angry with his Christian brother and calls out to him “you fool” shall be found guilty before God. Pretty serious warning, and mother knew it.

But what mother did not know was that contextually Jesus was speaking of a person who was filled with unrighteous anger and out of that anger labeled his brother a “fool.” It’s the motive behind the action that is really the basis of this warning, not the label of a person being a fool.

Also, consider the fact that “stupidness” can occur from fools and non-fools alike. Here are just a few examples of “stupid actions” from recent events.

1. Just a few days ago there occurred an upheaval among some folks concerning the War Between the States, which happened 150 years ago, resulting in the destruction of the Statues of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

As a result of this, people who bear the name of Lee are now instructed to be careful not to traumatize others by mentioning their own last name. By the way, the name of Lee, Li or Lea is the most common last name on planet earth. Whoops! That’s scary. It’s also stupid.

2. This week Miss…Mr…Anita Green entered the Miss Montana USA pageant. Anita, who is a transgender woman/man was, as you might expect, received with open arms by all the fellow contestants and embraced by the media as a heroine/hero for coming out and expressing her/his true feelings of femininity. That’s stupid and sickening all at the same time.

3. Perhaps someone could tell her/him that if she/he would shave her/his hairy knuckles, her/he might be closer to winning the crown. Is she/he a pretty girl/boy? Well, it depends if you are attracted to buffaloes or not, after all it is Montana.The Daily Caller reported today that the Portland Oregon police department has been ordered to purge their gang database because there aren’t enough white people in the gangs. After 20 years of gathering information on those suspected of gang membership by the police, all of that information gathered will be purged from their systems due to the fact that most of those affiliated with gangs are minorities. The hope is now that the gangs and their goons will no longer feel personally offended by being singled out by police as  they have been in the past. That one is double stupid.

4.Finally, the College Fix reports that UCLA professor Gregory Okin’s recent research on global warming and the environment leads to his recommendation that household pets in the future should be reptiles, birds and hamsters instead of dogs and cats.

According to professor Okin dogs and cats “create the equivalent of 64 million tons of carbon dioxide per year or the equivalent of  driving 13.6 million cars.” Something needs to be done about these cats and dogs.

OK professor, go ahead and try to take “Fefe” the little poodle from Grandma’s arms. But before that, take time to make your funeral arrangements…if they can find your remains!  REALLY STUPID.


I’m sure that now you get it – stupid people do stupid things. But it is one thing just to be stupid. All of us have done something stupid sometime or the other. Being a “fool” is quite a step beyond stupid.

How do we recognize a fool? Next week we will look into the Bible and see how to identify and react to a person who is a fool. Stay tuned, as they say.

Until next week,
Dr. Richard Lee
There’s Hope America








As I write to you today, it is Friday morning September 8, 2017. The national weather reports are indicating that the states of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina are soon to be hit with the largest, fiercest hurricane in recorded history. The storm is named Irma.

Hurricane Irma is scheduled to come ashore in Florida tonight and tomorrow morning and then move up through the state and on into Georgia and South Carolina and then perhaps into Tennessee. When events such as these happen, Christians are called to fulfill their Christian duty to help in any way they can those who are in need.

It is so easy to disassociate ourselves from the stories and tragic pictures and stories of flooding, horrific winds and loss of life and property unless we are the ones experiencing those things, but regardless of how we view the scenes, they are REAL and TRAGIC.

This morning I contacted a pastor friend in Florida who is directly in the path of Irma. He appreciated the instant message and felt sure God would protect his church and his people. God is indeed our hope.

Will you, as a friend join with me for the next 48 hours in praying once every waking hour for God’s safety and mercy to be upon our fellow Americans, not only who will suffer from Hurricane Irma but also for those who continue to hurt as a result of Hurricane Harvey. Every Christian can do that at the least of things.

Also, I have listed below a few websites that will provide direction for those of us who choose to volunteer to give direct help to the victims. I do hope this helps!

Dr. Richard Lee