Many people pay tens of thousands of dollars to graduate from college. Others pay thousands of dollars to receive counseling from a psychiatrist. Millions of people listen to or watch talk-show personalities. All of these people are looking for wisdom.
However, there are two kinds of wisdom. There is heavenly wisdom and "earthbound" wisdom (Jas 3:15). Earthbound wisdom is "a kind of animal, even devilish, cunning. Where there are jealousy and strife, there also are inconstancy and all kinds of vile behavior. Wisdom from above, by contrast, is first of all innocent. It is also peaceable, lenient, docile, rich in sympathy and the kindly deeds that are its fruits, impartial and sincere" (Jas 3:15-17). Heavenly wisdom is shown "in practice through a humility filled with good sense" (Jas 3:13), while earthbound wisdom foments "bitter jealousy and selfish ambition" (Jas 3:14), and "arrogant and false claims against the truth" (Jas 3:14).
By these Biblical standards, almost all talk-shows must be rejected. The book of James seems to indicate that "higher education" is "lower," earthbound, and not wise at all. The teaching in James declares much counseling to be suspect.
Seek heavenly wisdom. Reject earthbound wisdom. Be happy. Be free. Live for Jesus. He is our Wisdom (1 Cor 1:30).
|Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant the Nihil Obstat ("Permission to Publish") for One Bread, One Body covering the period from April 1, 2008 through May 31, 2008.
†Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 23, 2007.