“Stupid is as stupid does” is a quote you probably recognize from Forrest Gump.
Who you may not recognize is Jonathan Gruber, and his recent quote that is being played on many media outlets. Gruber, a MIT health economist, helped craft the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.
In a moment of incredible candor, Gruber admitted to a University of Pennsylvania audience last year that the bill passed because of the “stupidity of the American voter.” Gruber explained, .. if you had a law which said that healthy people are going to pay in — you made explicit that healthy people pay in and sick people get money — it would not have passed.”
Then he added, “Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical for the thing to pass.”
Now, I try to stay away from the word “stupid” in preaching and teaching. I used it once in a sermon and afterwards a mother came to me and said her little boy exclaimed during the sermon, “Mommy! The preacher said a bad word!” Evidently she was trying to eliminate “stupid” from her children’s vocabulary in describing each other!
And it’s not my intention to discuss Gruber, Obamacare, or the American voter. However, I am concerned about spiritual stupidity! Though used sparingly, the Scripture actually does identify some people as “stupid.” The wise man wrote, “Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, But he who hates correction is stupid” (Prov. 12:1. NKJV)
The apostle Paul affirmed that “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness (2 Tim. 3:16).
People who listen to God’s Word, heed its warnings and obey its commands are wise. But those who dismiss its teaching, disobey its counsel and ignore its correction are stupid!
Of course, there is a segment of our society that does not believe in God. The Psalmist said of such, “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God’” (PS 14:1). There is so much evidence in our universe for the Creator, that it is indeed foolish and stupid to deny that “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
Yet, which is worse? Denying there is a God? Or claiming to believe in God, but disregarding His Word?
God’s Word is given to guide us. Instruct us. Comfort us. Encourage us. Enlighten us. And ultimately save us from sin! (Psalm 119; 1 Cor 15:1-2). Christians know that. We’ve been taught it. At least we give lip service to it. But when we allow ourselves to be deceived by the Devil’s duplicity, we are being stupid.
Satan is not transparent about his maneuvers and motives. He tells us that evil is good. And that good is evil. He tries to convince you that black is white. And white is black. He says sin won’t cost you anything! In fact, you’ll come out ahead! Really? Do you believe that? Are you stupid? The Bible says “the wages of sin is death” (Rom 6:23)
Jesus said “Satan is a liar.” (John 8:44) John wrote that the Devil is a deceiver (Rev. 20:10). And Paul warned that the Devil will transform himself into an angel of light to disguise his true intentions. (2 Cor 11:14)
So, we’re duped into believing that money will give us security That material possessions will provide fulfillment. That illicit sexual escapades will make us happy. Don’t fall for that line! That’s stupid!
Oh, and don’t be deluded by politicians (of any party) who promise health, wealth and happiness. King David was right when advised, “Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save. (Ps 146:3, NIV)
Don’t be a stupid person!
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman