The Fool Speaks.

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Sometimes reading the Bible first thing in the day messes things up, disturbs the plan.

Today I began with Proverbs 26: 12: “Do you see a person wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for them.” In the margin I wrote, “the talk show hosts curse.” After years of offering my opinions for three hours a day, five days a week, totaling 15 hours a week” and with 1’000’s of people listening to me everyday–I actually became deceived into thinking I was a wise man.

Oddly, my family never seemed to be overawed by my superior intellect and insight, nor were my personal friends, who actually seemed to believe their thoughts, ideas and views were equal to or even superior to mine!

I am a commentator–in blogs, on-the-air, in books and print–and I believe my opinions are informed by my experience and education. I am a steward of what has been invested in me and so I feel a responsibility to pass on what I have seen, heard, reasoned and concluded¢â‚¬¦this is my job.

But God spare me and others the curse of the talk-show-host¢â‚¬¦the almost inevitable self-importance that is birthed when one is placed in front of 1’000s of people who are listening and can only be allowed to talk when asked to. (And in talk radio the callers communicate under the careful control of a screener and a host, who can hang up on the caller any time they wish to.)

Talk show hosts, politicians, pastors — anyone who occupies a place of implied authority and who controls the flow of communication — is most vulnerable to the disease of becoming wise in their own eyes. Thinking others to be the fools, only a mirror could reveal the real fool.

I had a pile of articles I planned on commenting on today. and then I looked in the mirror and it messed up my plan. Sometimes the Bible is a mirror, and sometimes like today, I don’t like aspects of what I see there.

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

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