Folly Herself Speaks:
Whatever mortals commonly say about me - and I am not unaware of how
bad Folly's reputation is, even among the biggest fools of all - still it is
quite clear that I myself, the very person now standing before you, I and I
alone, through my divine radiance, pour forth joy into the hearts of both
gods and men alike. - Erasmus
I want people to understand why my blog-site is called the praise of folly. Yes, it is named after a piece of literature, but it goes much further than that. I write the praise of folly in order to try to humble myself. I am not perfect. I am nothing more than a fool, in and of myself. I am the epitome of the fool that the book of proverbs continually refers back to so many times. I can do nothing right.
But, I have been saved by grace through faith. And this is not by my own doing, but this is a gift from God (Ephesians 2:8). I want people to read what I write and know that it is not coming from a man who believes that he in someway is better. I do not boast in myself, rather I call myself a fool. I boast about Christ, who can take the fool and make him wise. I am nothing without Christ and these are not just meaningless words. I make constant mistakes, and I write to give advice, yes sometimes, but I also wish to share with you all my temptations and failures.
When the fool speaks people listen. This is clear from just looking at some celebrity lifestyles. We are constantly in-tune with what happens in Hollywood, and much of it is foolish. But, when folly speaks we tend to open up and listen. We let down our guard. We do not try to argue with it, because there is no sense in arguing. I am the fool who speaks words from the wise. People wonder why God would use even the most foolish of men to speak "wisdom" into this world. But, the "Foolishness of God is wiser than men, and weakness of God is stronger than men" (1 Corinthians 1:25).
"God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God." - 1Corinthians 1:28-29
In the presence of God we cannot boast of ourselves, because we are nothing. Man is nothing without God. I am nothing without my savior. I am just a fool. But, because of grace I am a fool who has a heart to speak words of wisdom and I hope that as you read my blogs you would read them as the people gathered around to listen to folly speak. They gave folly a chance to speak. They thought it was funny that he would even speak about himself in such a way because all he was, was just a fool. But, at least give me a chance to speak.
Because when folly speaks people listen.