Proverbs 14:9, 16 (NKJV): Fools mock at sin, But among the upright there is favor. A wise man fears and departs from evil, But a fool rages and is self-confident.
Here are two possible fleshly responses to evil and sin. On the one hand, fools mock. On the other, raging self-confidence. The first fool finds no harm in sin, so he makes light of it, all in good fun, boys will be boys, he's not hurting anyone, just a little harmless fun... this is the attitude of the fool who has denied that God will demand a reckoning... this is the late night comic, the jester who confuses fame with importance... this is the humanist, the secular "Christian" who wants to be seen by the world as progressive and relevant... this is the fool who is at his core, the only god he knows. The other fool may actually be a genuine Christian, he is the man who seeks to do what he thinks is right, but does so resting only in his own power. He is not afraid to speak rashly of dignitaries, he is unconcerned about danger to his soul, so very certain in his own will and determination, he ventures out into deep waters with no support, no spiritual power or discernment, no understanding... he is a casualty, a ruined and ineffective man, who lets his arrogance make promises he can not keep... his favorite line is "I would never do..." Beloved child of God, both of these positions are sinful. Better to be the wise man who fears and departs from evil, the wise man who seeks and enjoys the favor of God!! Our birthright is plain, we are promised that favor, but all too often we leave it unclaimed as we seek to go our own way in our own strength... Seek Him and live!! Dwell in His shadow and triumph!!