I remember first coming across that term when the character in The A-Team called B. A. Baracus used it usually to Murdock. It hardly sounded like a positive term of reference. (Neither did being called a ‘sucka’, which is knowledge I retained for use at school which met with mixed reactions. Some laughed at me, others laughed for me.)
Later I noticed the word fool was used in the Bible often and I got the hint quickly that it was the opposite of being wise.
So it was interesting to see Jesus sharing a parable where God calls someone a fool.
But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:20-21)
Now the ‘fool’ on this parable is rich and just did well to get richer. Today this guy wouldn’t be referred to as a fool. He would be seen as a financial guru! He would have his own TV programme and everything.
The dude is a fool, though because his heart is for himself. His riches are for himself. It’s all about himself. And the world we live in does little to dissuade that. On the contrary, to a great degree we are keenly influenced to in essence lived like a ‘fool’.
Oh for the awareness not to be caught up with that, like some sucka.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden