Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, March 6th, 2016
Parent Traps (Part 16)
Include: Foolishness
Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of correction will drive it far from him.
Proverbs 22:15 (NKJV)
Doing wrong is like a joke to a fool...
Proverbs 10:23 (ESV)
If a wise man has an argument with a fool, the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet.
Proverbs 29:9 (ESV)
A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son grief to his mother.
Proverbs 10:1 (NIV)
My daughter, Lexy, gave foolishness a new name. When the escapades of her sons got out of hand, when good-natured giggles turned to back-talking smirks, Lexy described their struts and stunts as bad silly: devilish delight over doing something wrong.

When our children are small, it's cute for a minute. But that minute fights hard to extend its playtime. Pretty soon, parent smiles become teeth-gritting snarls, as amped-up hooligans aren't darling anymore. Now I'm fairly sure... bad silly is a demon.

Today in media, bad silly is the norm. It's a free-for-all, no-holds-barred, say-what-you-want, persuasively, pervasively naughty humor. It's an airing out of people's dirty laundry, so others won't feel so guilty about their own. Therein, it's okay, even funny, to do wrong.

But God sees the situation differently: 'My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent' (Proverbs 1:10). 'For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God' (2 Timothy 3:2-4). 'They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living...' (1 Peter 4:4).

Actors, models and talent for Christ: To our Lord, bad silly is no joke. When you embrace foolishness as fun, you enter an unholy union. When the world laughs at familiar sins, scoffs at intentions of purity, parodies faithful obedience, or enjoys pretty little liars, don't join irreverent revelry.

I realize how tempting it is, and I have laughed with the worst of them. But I repent. Lord, help me repent. To be in the realm of media, as its performers and/or parents, is a challenge God will help you pass.

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Parent Traps series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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