Forrest Gump once said, “stupid is as stupid does.” Although Tom Hanks played this fictional character, there is a lot of truth to this statement. Recently, Riley Cooper, a wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles went to a Kenny Chesney concert, had a few drinks, got into a heated argument with a black security guard and blabbered out a racial slur directed toward him. When you do or say something stupid, it doesn’t mean you have to apologize day after day to make the media feel better. Living about 30 minutes outside of Philadelphia, Riley Cooper is being crucified on the airways every hour, as callers are picking up the first stone like the account in John 8:1-11. According to the Gospel of Forrest Gump, “stupid is as stupid does.”
From a spiritual perspective, there is a good reason why people say stupid things. Since the birth of Cain, every child born on earth has been implanted with a virus. The Bible refers to this birth defect as the sinful nature or carnality in the original King James version, Romans 7:14-18. As a result of this disease, individuals and their children have never been the same. Thus, politicians, professional athletes and average citizens daily fulfill the words of Forrest Gump.
Take for example the daughters of Lot, trying to cope with the loss of their mother, death of their future husbands and a father stricken with depression, Genesis 19:30. Emulating the practices of their uncle Abraham, Lot’s daughters felt more comfortable trusting in their own wisdom rather than wait on God to provide. Therefore, they each partake in Indecent Proposal IV & V. Once their dad is drunk as a skunk, with his beer goggles on, Lot thinks the woman in his tent is a mistress or perhaps a dream that he is sleeping with his wife once again. Instead, Lot’s daughters take the gutter to a new low, sharing their father on consecutive one night stands, Genesis 19:32-35. “Stupid is as stupid does!”
Similar to the descendants of Ham, these woman gave birth to the Moabites and Ammonites. Like Abraham and Lot’s daughters, the Moabites trusted in Egypt when times got tough. In addition, the Moabites called on Balaam to curse Israel, setting in motion their exclusion from the nation of Israel. Meanwhile, the Ammonites worshiped the idol Milcom, which also led Solomon astray. By breaking the first and second commandments, Exodus 20:3-4, a generational curse is poured out upon this nation, Exodus 20:5. This is why Jesus adds Matthew 18:5-7 to the Bible. He knew how precious and innocent children are. Therefore, if you still have time to act, live out Matthew 18:8-9, purging sin from your life so that your children and children’s children don’t inherit the sins of their parents. Check out Restoring The Foundations ministry online if you want to know more about how sin impacts children.
by Jay Mankus