Does not wisdom cry out, And understanding lift up her voice –Proverbs 8:1 NKJV
There used to be this thing called common sense. It was employed by many people to not do stupid things.
Then the late-1990’s came along, quickly followed by the early-2000’s. They brought with them shows and movies that focused on stupid pranks and stunts to get a laugh.
Our society thought it was okay. Harmless, even.
But they let so many people get away with these stunts that more people found it entertaining and okay.
The common sense of the land became “whatever brings you happiness.”
The New Sense
What has this fostered?
- Open flagrancy of rules to make a dollar
- Truth is relative
- Happiness is the ultimate goal, regardless of the cost … to others
The only thing that is common is that “I can do what I want, so leave me alone.”
She Still Calls
If this is true, then how can we claim that “Wisdom cries out” in the midst of a selfish, uncaring society that seems to ignore wisdom?
Because we still hear the desire:
- “But that’s not fair!” -Where does a sense of fairness come from?
- “Give us justice!” -Where does justice find a voice?
- “I should have known better!” -Some people still learn.
People still hear Wisdom’s cry, even if only a little. They desire the effects of Wisdom, but they ignore the warnings.
And this is why we need strong preaching and teaching in the Church. Wisdom often speaks through others. And Christ, the wisdom of God, calls His Church to proclaim to a lost world. The Church, His bride, has made missteps, true.
But she still calls.