I just want to address the notion that, “you’re so dumb, you deserve everything you get.” I understand the frustration and I even share it sometimes. It’s can be just maddening and make you want to throw up your hands. “You can’t fix stupid.”
However, the implication behind that statement is that, if you are intelligent, you deserve good things. It is like salvation by IQ points, rather than salvation by the blood of Jesus. We are allegedly saved by the power of our own reason and the ingenuity of our own intelligence. Dumb people are not, they are doomed and deserve everything they get.
There’s an old saying I rather like that isn’t theologically sound at all, but I like it because it is snarky and true, “there is a special god for children, fools, and drunks.” People have been observing for centuries that alas, the dumb do not get what they deserve. Often the lowest common denominator seems to get something that more resembles grace, while those who make all the good choices suffer.
The Bible actually says, “the rain falls on the wicked and the just.” Also, Jesus picked up the tab for a bill He did not accrue Himself. So rather than just throwing up our hands and declaring, the dumb get what they deserve, the Bible tells us, “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.”
That’s a rotten deal. There is no other way to slice and dice it, it is just rotten. It is the rest of us who often clean up the mess and pick up the tab for what the dumb and the evil do, to themselves and to the rest of us. Often the dumb do not get what they deserve, we get the fruit of their labors. Sorry, it just is what it is.
I really dislike this worship of human reason, this idol we’ve built towards human intelligence. Not only is it a lie, it’s very materialistic. It’s based on long since debunked evo/psych theories like, “survival of the fittest.” Speaking of dumb, half the people who promote such notions don’t even understand what that really means. It does not mean, the smartest, most best looking, physically fit people survive and reproduce, therefore humans are progressing into a highly evolved mega race of vastly superior beings. That’s why I appreciate the rather crass movie “Idiocracy,” because it rightly questions and challenges such notions.
In a completely random, birthed from nothing universe, evolution doesn’t “care” whether or not you are going forwards or backwards or “improving” the human condition. Evolution once “decided” to shorten some hummingbird beaks while at the same time elongating some flowers, so they all starved to death and went extinct. And that was that. Pretending that science and morality somehow walk hand in hand is the very definition of dumbness.
And let me tell you, we are super dumb indeed.
I once heard a really good sermon about how God will judge the nations. There’s a bit of collectivism going on there, some joint responsibility that lays waste to our false notions of rugged individualism. I used to really wonder why God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, and a bit like Abraham I’d ask, what about the innocent? What if there is one good person left in that city? It wasn’t until I read Ezekiel 16:49, that I began to understand, “’Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.
We are all accountable for what goes on in our nation, our communities, our families. It takes a lot of humility, a lot of repentance to have a strong family. Heck, somebody smart once said, “marriage is just one act of forgiveness after another.” A country is a bit like a marriage or tribe, a family. Same idea. You have to keep your heart soft and stay humble.
The US used to have a motto, well we still do, it’s just been sitting on a back burner somewhere but, E pluribus unum, “out of many, one.” In 1956 congress changed our official motto to, “in God we trust.” I absolutely believe in trusting God, the problem being we need to remember our roots, we need to slay our divisions and foolishness and work together as one in this country.