I saw a picture posted on Facebook, of children who were mocking developed countries for the way they school. At first, I tended to agree with the commentary, but upon further review, some Bible passages made me think otherwise.
Proverbs 1:22 “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways?
How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?
Reading the Geneva Study Bible, “Wisdom reproves three kinds of men, the foolish or simple who err out of ignorance, the mockers who cannot stand to be taught, and the fools who are drowned in worldly lusts and hate the knowledge of godliness.”
Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Public schools have kicked God out, so, in that respect, I agree, our educational system is faulty, but discipline and education is not an evil in and of itself. It is what we do with anything, that causes alarm. The absence of God in our educational system does not mean we should remain ignorant of the truth.
So what does the bible verse mean when they speak of being a simple person? I, at one point, looked to get back to basics, to simplify my life. It was a romantic notion to get rid of modern technology and work with my hands to sow the earth and sew quilts. Yet, like many have expressed, technology may not be the evil device, but the person using the technology for evil purposes, is twisting reality. So, simple people loving their simple ways, refers to those who do not think, but act on impulse. There are simple people and then there are simply people who want to live simpler, but not at the destruction of themselves. Let us always be alert and never be naïve.
Proverbs 30:4 Who has ascended to heaven and come down? Who has gathered the wind in his fists?
Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is his name, and what is his son’s name? Surely you know!