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Stupid Idiots – A Description

Stupid Idiots

I went to hear a brother speak a while back that advocated that Christians should be “stupid idiots”. (His words, not mine!)

To give this brother the benefit of the doubt, and to find out what the intent of the message was, I set off on a wee bit of study into Acts 4:13, his text for the day.

After my preliminary study, I decided to contact this brother, share with him what I found in my study, discuss his message and ask for any clarification. What follows is the beginning of the correspondence I had with this brother.

Act 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.

A Description or a Command?

With all these technical definitions, it remains that this verse is an estimation of the apostles by the enemies of the gospel, and not an imperative for Christians to obey.

I wonder if telling the congregation to become “stupid idiots” based on Acts 4:13 was wise. In a society that is increasingly being “dumbed down”, I would hope that Christianity would argue against the trend. I surely do not advocate knowledge for the sake of knowledge, for

“knowledge puffeth up, but love edifieth”.

The critical motivating factor and fruit in a believers heart, mind and soul is love to the Master and our neighbor. But the great commandment does include our minds, and that presupposes the intake of (proper) knowledge.

As I was discussing the message with my daughter, I remembered that the apostle Paul described himself (and his entourage) as “fools for Christ” in 1 Cor 4:10. Could Paul have been describing himself from the Corinthians viewpoint (ironically), and not from a point of motivation for him (us) to look to.

I know you believe that the body of Christ is made up of all kinds of folk, some common (like myself) and some professionally trained in the “rabbinical” schools of today. He is big enough to use any person who will spend time with Him and be willing to grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I do appreciate the ability to converse with you – I look forward to your reply. I am sure I have misunderstood your intent and appreciate your time in helping me understand.

Thanks for your labors


What think ye? Should Christians seek the label of “stupid idiots”?

In our next post, we will review his response.

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Thanks again for coming to visit. I hope you found something of interest in this post and would appreciate a comment, to begin a discussion.

2 thoughts on “Stupid Idiots – A Description

  1. Two things come to mind as I have been reading your articles on this subject.

    1. The Rabbis in Christ day rejected the messiah because they believed they could not possibly be wrong. They trusted in their training and earthly wisdom. Pride kept them from following the conviction that the Holy Spirit was trying to bring into their hearts. The disciples, on the other hand, were in no way idiots, but they were common men with regular jobs. God was able to work through them because they were teachable and instructable. Can God use a highly educated man or woman? Absolutely. Paul was highly educated, and God was able to use him to reach thousands.

    2. Paul, as well as any other Christian, were seen as “idiots” because they believed in a God who came down to this earth and died on the cross. The cross was considered anything but honorable. They believed in a God which could not be seen or felt. And finally, they were willing to take persecution and even give up their lives for their faith. To the world, this seems very foolish. But in the end, it will be seen how wise these faithful Christians were. The book of Psalms mentions the worldy as foolish and unwise and the righteous as wise. The question that I ponder as I consider all this is, who do I wanted to consider me wise? The world, or God?

    Thanks again for taking the time to share your thoughts and experiences.

    God Bless

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    1. Great thoughts. Thanks for sharing.

      Per your first point, I fear being the non-teachable pharisee, and yet want to stand on the word of God. My personal struggle is finding that sweet spot where the word and the spirit are giving the same message.

      Per your second thought, I too hope for Gods wisdom in my life. Currently I’m going through proverbs, and finding challenging verse, esp regarding my mouth.

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