Fools Made Wise #47

Proverbs 11:15:

He who is collateral for a stranger will suffer for it, but he who refuses pledges of collateral is secure.

The forty-seventh comic of Fools Made Wise starts with Leroy telling Petey that he needs to take out a loan and asking him how much his car is worth. Like Leroy, Petey isn’t one to live well in reality and says his jalopy of a car is worth $3000. Leroy is quite excited about this. He tells Petey this is exactly the amount he wants— he means needs.

Petey scoffs at this and tells him that even though he’s not the brightest bulb in the pack, even he knows this isn’t a good idea. Petey tells him he’d have better luck asking a stranger for money. This shows us the second part of Proverbs 11:15, that “he who refuses pledges of collateral is secure.” Petey knows that if he sells Leroy his car (no matter how much it’s actually worth), he is the one who is going to suffer for it in the end.

Instead of doing that, Petey tells Leroy to go ask some strangers for financial help. Leroy does that, and panel 4 ends with Leroy standing outside a few hours later, holding a sign that says, “Looking for someone to give Leroy collateral. C’mon, you know Ol; Royski’s good for it. Inquire right here.” This shows us the first part of Proverbs 11:15, that “He who is collateral for a stranger will suffer for it.” Even though people don’t usually know the Scriptures, they know enough NOT to give large sums of money to people who are untrustworthy.

So like every comic in Fools Made Wise, this one shows us how foolish it is to look for money from our friends if our character doesn’t back up our requests. May we be the type of people who are changed by Jesus so that we live with wisdom and give to causes that are worth giving to!

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