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Stop being so stupid!

July 1, 2017

Calling someone “stupid” was not appreciated in our house. It was like the absolute worst thing we’d yell out as brothers to each other! I don’t remember ever getting my mouth washed out with soap for saying that word – other words, yes – but not that one. But we knew that it was not acceptable.

I don’t think the word has the same impact that it did when I was a kid. It gets used so much, but I still choose other words to communicate someone’s stupidity. Like ignorant.

Paul uses other euphemisms for “stupid” in the following paragraph:

Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. 19 They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. 20 But that is not the way you learned Christ!— 21 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires,23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

Did you catch them all? “in the futility of their minds,” “darkened in their understanding,” and “ignorance.”

He’s calling believers to stop being so stupid.

How is that ignorance revealed? Callousness, given to sensuality, greedy to practice impurity.

Isn’t it interesting that people who live those kinds of lives, filled with sexual exploits, are usually held up as cool and clever? Whether it’s in a tabloid, or a fictional character in a movie, we’re tempted to elevate the sexually active – as long as they don’t go too far, right?

But look at what Paul says. They become callous, given to sensuality, and greedy to practice impurity. When sexual activity becomes the driving force, the goal for measuring success, it gets old. It doesn’t satisfy anymore. The callous gets thicker and soon you’ll start looking for a different way to satisfy your desires.

The R-movies don’t satisfy, so there’s a turn to porn. The sexual fantasies in your mind don’t satisfy, so you start looking for someone to fulfill them with you. Your spouse no longer satisfies, so you start looking for other partners. But it never is enough. You’re constantly on the search for the next thrill.

That’s why Paul says, “That is not the way you learned Christ!”

Sexual escapades are not going to satisfy. But Christ will.

Put off your old self. Renew your mind. Put on the new self.

You can be satisfied in Christ, but you’ll have to work for it. Change your mind. Change your actions. Change your attitudes. Make choices that are pleasing to Him.

Instead of spending your resources being stupid and just following your inner drives, use your energy and time to pursue Christ.

Who is He? What does He want me to do? What has He done for me?

Spend your time looking for Him and living for Him. You’ll never be disappointed.

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From → Ephesians

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