Vol.III No.VIII Pg.1
September 1966

"Careless Ease Of Fools"

Robert F. Turner

Solomon wrote of a terrible day "when your fear cometh as a storm, and your calamity cometh on as a whirlwind." Those caught in such destruction had "despised reproof"; and were victims of "the careless ease of fools." (Prov. 1:24-33)

THE CARELESS EASE OF FOOLS ... give that some thought!! In N.T. times the same class of people are described as those who "will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires." (2 Tim.4:3 N.A.S.)

I am reminded of a recipient of PLAIN TALK who "Refused" the paper. When I inquired as to "Why?" she did not want the paper, she acknowledged that we were fair, had not hurt her feelings,-- and told the truth. But -- she "didn't like to read things like that." They made her uncomfortable.

If truth, fairly put, makes one uncomfortable; are we amiss in warning of "the careless ease of fools"?

Ours is a day of "careless ease"-- "eat, drink, and be merry!" When Solomon said it, he spoke of the vanity of life; and when Isaiah said it, he concluded, "for tomorrow we die"' We want "liberty" to ignore right; "freedom" to run roughshod over our brethren; but there is neither liberty nor freedom in such a course. We are CREATURES -- and no head-in-the-sand policy can hide the fact that our only hope lies in acknowledging and serving our CREATOR.

We are confused. God's warnings are not judgement! He points up our sins, challenges our reckless course in an effort to prepare us for ultimate judgement. The gospel is God's power "unto salvation" (Rom.1:16) NOT unto damnation. God is "not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."(2 Pet.3:9)

The "ease" of those who ignore His word, who move merrily along with the majority, with "fun and frolic" for all, blinds them to the true joy and "peace that passeth understanding." With "the careless ease of fools" our nation, homes and souls are destroyed.