Friday, June 16, 2017

Wise Guys

Post by: Mwangi Ndonga

A while back I was part of a men’s small group that was studying Proverbs. As you may know, Proverbs is a collection of lessons or pieces of advice that when understood and enacted promote wisdom. You will find that almost all cultures have some form of proverbs that distill wisdom from the wise (old) to the naïve (young). Being the wise guys that we were (or thought we were) it was obvious that we had enough wisdom ourselves to add several pages to this Book. If you use an NIV Bible, you’ll see that a lot of proverbs begin with the words “My son…”.

We pondered whether the advisor - let’s assume a father - giving advice to his son had erred often in his life in order to give such good advice. After all, aren’t some of the best lessons you’ve learned come from some very bad choices? If we go with that logic, truly how many of the proverbs that are communicated to the son will be heeded? How many lessons just have to be learned through experience?

Friend, the trajectory of your faith journey has been re-directed every time your conscience is challenged. In regards to sin, Paul says “Indeed I would not have known what sin was except through the law.” (Romans 7:7) So, the Bible provides us with a myriad of proverbs that, most likely, none of us can heed in their entirety. However, without such guidance, we would have no reference as to what is holy and unholy.

Which proverbs or laws should I focus on to gain the most wisdom?

Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and will all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:34-40).

Mwangi Ndonga currently lives in Broomfield with his wife, Talesha, and son, Kamundia. They have been members of BUMC since 2010. Mwangi primarily serves on the Worship and Arts Ministry by playing piano and bass guitar during the Contemporary Services. He works as an environmental, health and safety professional in the oil and gas industry. An avid reader, Mwangi loves discussion on almost any topic, especially music and theology.

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