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Everything Is Meaningless – How to Spot a Fool

September 18, 2023
Kelly Kinder
In his sermon, Kelly parallels Alan Turing's WWII code-breaking and the complexities we face in life. He advocates for divine guidance over human wisdom when tackling life's 'Enigma codes.' Kelly delves into the paradox of fools in power, emphasizing the risks of such leadership. He encourages us to seek wisdom from God, highlighting that real wisdom is recognizing our limitations and turning to divine guidance for clarity.

Life often presents us with puzzles and codes that are hard to crack. In this sermon, Kelly dives into the complexities of life, drawing inspiration from code-breaker Alan Turing and his World War II efforts. He invites us to see how Turing’s challenges parallel our own personal battles, stressing the limitations of solely relying on human wisdom. Using Turing’s code-breaking as a metaphor, Kelly discusses the “Enigma code of life”—those intricate dilemmas we encounter daily that don’t offer easy solutions. In these moments, he emphasizes the importance of turning to a higher wisdom, encouraging us to seek divine guidance and lean on God’s wisdom for clarity and direction.

Kelly then shifts focus to an intriguing paradox: why do some seemingly foolish individuals wind up in positions of power? With Solomon’s wisdom as a guide, he navigates this perplexing question, even delving into the confounding role of money in our lives. Through humor and insightful perspectives, he reminds us to hold our ground, no matter how puzzling or bleak the circumstances appear.

Drawing further from Solomon, Kelly outlines the characteristics that define a fool—lack of understanding, an inclination toward godlessness, and ironically, a knack for winding up in influential roles. He warns us of the dangers of such leadership, emphasizing the collective suffering that can ensue when the foolish are in charge. Towards the sermon’s conclusion, Kelly invites us into a spiritual journey, leaning into the promises found in the Book of James. He emphasizes the value of approaching God in faith, exploring together how to ask God for wisdom and guidance, fortified by the confidence that His support is both generous and unwavering.

Kelly wraps up by reminding us that wisdom isn’t about having all the answers. Rather, it’s recognizing our own limitations and humbly turning to God for guidance. As we navigate life’s puzzles, Kelly underscores that faith, wisdom, and divine guidance are our most reliable tools for decoding life’s enigmas.