Don’t be a dumb-ass Christian!
It’s in the bible. Really!
I’ve been going through a bible reading as part of my personal devotions, and read this particular section from Psalm 32.
8 I will INSTRUCT you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
9 Do not be like the horse or the mule,
which have no understanding
but must be controlled by bit and bridlew
or they will not come to you.
10 Many are the woes of the wicked,
but the LORD’s unfailing love
surrounds the one who trusts in him.
The New International Version, Psalm 32:8–10.
I had to laugh when I read that part about the mule with no understanding. I guess my depraved mind is still being renewed, because I was immediately reminded of that now crude phrase: “Don’t be a dumb-ass!” Anyone who’s watched the TV show, That ’70s Show [Really. I haven’t forgotten the name –it’s actually called that] knows that the father on the show likes to use that phrase a lot. In my devotion, I shared with God how I thought that was pretty funny. He didn’t zap me with a lightning bolt or anything, so perhaps He agrees. [That’s a joke btw. I don’t hold a punishment theodicy — topic for another time :)]
But isn’t that what God is pretty much saying in this Psalm? In my upcoming book, Eli vs God, there is a lot of examples of characters being “dumb asses” because they are not being instructed by God. They are not being counseled by Him, and they pay the price. The ‘many are the woes of wicked’ in verse 10 can also be for Christian dumb-asses too, when we’re not spending time with God being taught by Him, being delighted by Him. So I encourage you once again to keep looking to His word for instruction. He will show you the way to go. He does it through His Word primarily, so don’t be a ‘you know what.’ Be a smart human being. A Spirit-filled image bearer whose surrounded by the LORD’s unfailing love.
By the way, the exact phrase, “dumb ass” is in 2 Peter 2:16: [No, not the Message Bible, the King James Version. 🙂 ]
16 But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet.
King James Version, 2 Peter 2:16
Now if anyone thinks that’s kinda vulgar or crude and wish this phrase was forbad (whatever that means), come on. Let’s no be so serious. We don’t have to use it ton, but it is kinda funny. Don’t ya think?