An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Wisdom in Education

(Pro 15:2 KJV) The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.

Here is a teaching strategy: Become “wise” (2450). Actually, it is more of a teacher hiring strategy. We need people in the teaching profession who are wise. If you consider how Proverbs defines wisdom it should be clear that we are staffing our schools with the opposite type. There is very little fear of the Lord in the modern classroom. It is going to get worse. California is going to get worse. With politics and political correctness running education it is more important to conform than to be wise. In theory approval of homosexuality is supposed to be worked into the curriculum. I have not seen it yet but it is coming. Sex education is in the hands of people who do not believe in abstinence or restraint. Sin is denied and self esteem is king.

In this environment immature adults are expected to mold the next generation. Compare the NASB on this verse.

PRO 15:2 The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable, But the mouth of fools spouts folly.

Wisdom comes as a good teacher “makes acceptable” (3190) “knowledge” (1847). I like the KJV better here. It implies an honesty with the facts not just a good presentation.

The fool “poureth out" (spouts NASB) (5042) “foolishness" (folly NASB) (200) instead of truth. This might be interpreted as spouting our own ideas instead of the ones that are actually in the Word. This can be done in relative innocence simply by not thinking, from fear because we don’t have the courage to speak truth, or deliberately if we willingly follow the twist of popular culture. I have seen all three.

Believers need to be involved in the process of molding our culture. We need wisdom in our classrooms. We need wisdom in our TV stations. We need wisdom in our city halls. We need wisdom in our capitols. Seek it and pass it on.

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