I.          No one wants to be thought of as a fool

             A.         (1995) In Wesley Chapel, Florida, Joseph Aaron, 20, was hit in the leg with pieces of the bullet he fired at the exhaust pipe of his car. When repairing the car, he needed to bore a hole in the pipe. When he couldn't find a drill, he tried to shoot a hole in it.

             B.         We will go to great lengths to avoid doing foolish things.

             C.         (1996) Ontario - A man cleaning a bird feeder on his balcony of his condominium apartment in this Toronto suburb slipped and fell 23 stories to his death, police said Monday. Stefan Macko, 55, was standing on a wheeled chair Sunday when the accident occurred, said Inspector Arcy Honer of the Peel regional police. It appears the chair moved and he went over the balcony, Honer said. One of those freak accidents. No foul play is suspected.

             D.         Yet we so often do things that are just plain dumb.

             E.         If we only thought about it some more. If we only knew a little bit more about the situation.

             F.         The Bible, especially the book of Proverbs, has much to say about foolishness.

II.         A fool doesn’t want to learn - Proverbs 1:22

             A.         He will despise good advice - Proverbs 15:15

             B.         He may act like he is listening, but because nothing changes we know he hasn’t truly listened - Matthew 7:26

             C.         Inevitably, the fool reveals his foolishness - Proverbs 13:16

III.        A fool is more interested in saying his piece

             A.         He is not interested in understanding. He just wants the opportunity to spout off - Proverbs 18:2

             B.         Once his mouth starts flapping, we know there is nothing of substance there - Proverbs 12:23

             C.         A fool speaks foolishness - Proverbs 15:2

             D.         Because he doesn’t have anything worth saying, he makes up for the lack with many words - Ecclesiastes 5:3

IV.       Because a fool doesn’t use his reason, he is often lead by his emotions

             A.         He believes everything he hears - Proverbs 14:15

             B.         He is easily lead into sexual sins - Proverbs 7:6-27

             C.         He picks fights - Proverbs 18:6-7

                          1.          He meddles in others affairs and stirs up strife - Proverbs 20:3

                          2.          He is quick to be angered - Ecclesiastes 7:9

             D.         Though easily angered, he hides his feelings, using backstabbing to accomplish his ends - Proverbs 10:18

V.         A fool is arrogant - Proverbs 28:26

             A.         He mocks sin - Proverbs 14:9

                          1.          He doesn’t truly believe that there is sin or that he guilty of sin

                          2.          He makes a mockery of the seriousness of sin

             B.         Even when faced with evil, he ignores it - Proverbs22:3

                          1.          Sin doesn’t stop him from his goals.

             C.         He may act religious, but he does live the proper life - Luke 11:39-40

VI.       It is the fool who convinces himself that there is no God - Psalms 53:1

             A.         They decided not to retain the knowledge of God - Romans 1:20-22

             B.         It is not that the evidence is not there, but the fool would rather believe the world exists without God.

             C.         Why be such a fool?