Wimps Need Not Apply


“I have seen the foolish taking root, but suddenly I cursed his dwelling place.” — Job 5:3 (NKJV)

I read this verse tonight, and I came back to it probably 5 more times. Why? Because this is not what I do; I curse the fool. I call him an idiot. I deem her a moron. I judge them as wastes of skin. I do not separate my contempt for their actions from their value as humans.
The only commands Jesus gave us was to truly love God and love people, ourselves included (Matt. 22: 37-40). Love is for people. Wrath is for the actions of people. We must separate the two. This is so hard to do, but oh so possible.
If we really want people to change, we have to stop looking at them as the problem and start praying that whatever keeps them surviving in their foolishness will be destroyed. Job 5:3 makes it clear for us. What is at the root of people’s lack of sound reasoning? That’s where we target our prayer. What is it that really keeps people immobilized? That’s where we should focus our attentions. We shouldn’t so much get angry at the person as should the attitude or fear or guilt or disease that holds them back from being healthy, successful, happy, and/or whole. It means we must dig deeper into people’s lives. We have to be willing to roll up our sleeves and get a little grime on us.

Think of PigPen from the Charlie Brown comic strip. He walked around with a cloud around him. You know people like that. Wherever they go, chaos ensues; it follows them. And the moment you collide with them, you get a bit of chaos on you too. But here’s what happens. Rather than seeing them as people in the midst of chaos, we label them as chaos itself because we can’t tangibly see the chaos, we only see the person. So, we start limiting our time spent with them. Our conversations become a bit more surface until we no longer talk to them about anything of substance. We avoid their phone calls. We walk to other parts of the grocery store hoping they didn’t see us. We’ve all been there; you know what I’m talking about, right?

And yet, God asks us to love. Love gets into the middle of the chaos and starts by washing the sheets. Love gets into the middle of the mess and hangs on tight, waiting for a moment to whisper “I’m here with you.” Love jumps in with both feet, takes a deep breath, and starts dancing–ditching the stage fright.
The Job kind of love requires us all to be superheros of sorts. We have to rescue the victims with large amounts of love and selflessness, hanging onto them all the while fighting the villain, cursing the dwelling place of evil and foolishness. This thing called love, real love, is not for the faint of heart. Love is not a thing to be attempted by wimps. No, love is hard and tough and demanding, but when it works…ahhhhh…it’s a good thing indeed.
So getting back to this wonderfully powerful verse in Job: How does love really fight foolishness? Like Superman! He would power dive from on high to rescue the wounded, the victimized, the clueless, the terrified. Their circumstances rendered them helpless, this he knew, thus he flew.

For whom do we fly? What is it we are really called to fight?

“Our fight is not against people on earth but against the rulers and authorities and the powers of this world’s darkness, against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly world.” — Ephesians 6:12

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