Proverbs 12:15: The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,
but a wise man listens to advice.
Proverbs 15:32: Whoever ignores instruction despises himself,
but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence.
Proverbs 17:10: A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding
than a hundred blows into a fool.
Proverbs 19:20: Listen to advice and accept instruction,
that you may gain wisdom in the future.
Proverbs 29:1: He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck,
will suddenly be broken beyond healing.
Ecclesiastes 7:5: It is better for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise
than to hear the song of fools.
This list of verses is from a reader who was bothered by the behavior of one Calvin Smith, as displayed in our most recent post, in which the CMI writer is caught being somewhat less than honest in one of his articles and proceeds to throw a full-blown hissy fit.
On the other hand, some of you have questioned whether my own handling of the situation might have gone a bit too far (by being a total douchebag, for example, according to one Facebook commenter). I’m certainly not about to say I’m a man unique and magically endowed without the need for instruction, reproof, advice or any of the other good stuff mentioned in the verses above.
The creation-evolution controversy is, well, controversial (I guess that’s why they call it that). And however strongly and passionately I do believe certain young-earth proponents present a distorted view of the gospel, and often do so in ways that are harmful to the overall health and unity of the church, it doesn’t change the fact that if all of us who are involved in this discussion took a little bit more of the wisdom of Proverbs to heart, we’d probably avoid many of the problems we run into.
That’s why I wanted to share these verses with you.
Plus, I just really like “Firefly.”