Fools Made Wise #42

Proverbs 11:10:

When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices. When the wicked perish, there is shouting.

The forty-second comic of Fools Made Wise starts with the Mayor of Ravenport, Mayor Woodland, honoring Phil. He tells him that as the Mayor, he would like to honor him for all the food he donated to the food bank this year. As he says that, the crowd erupts in praise for Phil. This shows us the first part of Proverbs 11:10, that “When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices.”

As Leroy watches this, he is disgusted at how everybody is “kissing up to Pops.” In typical Leroy fashion, he wonders where his praise is. Leroy then has the audacity to climb up on stage and address the crowd. He asks them where his praise is because he about near killed himself trying to work up the nerve to actually work that week. To Leroy, that is a really big deal deserving incredible laud and admiration.

No such luck. Mr. Dinkle, an outspoken older man in the crowd, shouts to Leroy to sit down and shut up. He tells him the only praise he will get is when he is dead and gone. Yikes! Leroy responds that he is willing right then and there to fight the old man and they will all see who will die first. This part of the comic shows us the second part of Proverbs 11:10, that “When the wicked perish, there is shouting.”

This comic shows us that when we make good choices based on our relationship with God (like Phil did), other people prosper and their response is praise. But when we make rotten choices based on our selfishness, people react negatively to that. One leads to love; the other to hate.

So may we be the type of people that because of our relationship with Jesus, make decisions based on our new nature in Him and that leads to the blessing of others. That’s far better than getting into a shouting match with others in public!



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