(Proverbs 12:8 KJV) A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.
What does this tell us in the choices we make and the causes we support? Think about this as a command, not an observation. This is the only way it makes sense to me because at this point in history I don’t see it happening this way, even in the church.
Who are we to “commend” (praise NASB) (1984b)? It is clear there are people worthy. We need to find them. The quality looked for here is “wisdom” (insight NASB) (7922). To see what that means compare it with the perversion that is condemned in the second part of the verse.
Another way of looking at it is, “Who are our heroes?” Do you get excited about certain athletes who have shown themselves to be moral reprobates? Do you talk positively about entertainers who are making garbage out of our culture and polluting the minds of our young? Do you wear clothes that advertise companies that put out catalogs that another generation would have considered pornographic?
So? Think about it. Are you lifting up wisdom in the little actions of your life? Are you encouraging perversion by the clothes you wear? I need to take another look at my wardrobe, let alone the topics of my conversations.