Folly of Fouls – by Emma Cain, guest blogger

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I’ve never posted anything written by my daughter before, but I was so proud of her latest paper I had to post it. It’s not on Shakespeare, 20,000 Leagues under the Sea or the symbolism in poetry. However, it is on character. In this case, the character of a tailor who tricks his friends to achieve selfish worldly desires. I adore how she tied in scripture (so much better than Wikipedia) to back up her points and recognized that these character traits can lead to the destruction of many things: relationships, trust, honor, love, friendships. It is such a great reminder for me (and all of us) that the tug of the world never stops. We must fight hard against the current of materialism, worldly idols and selfish desires by keeping our eyes fixed to the cross. I pray we all learn a little from the story of the tailor. So, without further ado. . .

Folly of Fouls by Emma Cain

“Coveting wickedness, deceit, wickedness, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things from within and they defile a person.” Mark 7:22-23

“The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way, but the folly of fools is deceiving.” Proverbs 14:9

Throughout the story, the tailor was not an admirable man. First and foremost, the tailor was extremely deceitful. Purposely, he did not clarify that the evil enemies he spoke of were flies. This led everyone to the assumption that the enemies he defeated were menacing giants and that he was an incredibly brave and strong hero. Deceiving the people as he did, shows he is not a man of good and true character. When a person is deceitful and lies willing it is difficult to build trust and admiration for that person. Deceit will also corrode the heart of all good.

“The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.” Proverbs 8:13

In addition to deceitfulness, the tailor is overcome with pride. He proves this when he continues to lie to make himself look better, even making a beautiful boastful belt with the words “Seven In One Blow” boldly written in italics for all to see. When we earnestly seek God, He makes it clear that He doesn’t honor the sin of pride. Harming others is certain when we let pride enter into our lives and guide our decisions as they tailor did. Pride will lead only to the destruction of families, friendships, trust and our relationship with God.

“Whoever is greedy for unjust gain troubles his own household, but he who hates brides will live.” Proverbs 15:27

 The deceit and pride that harbored in the tailor’s heart led to the need to have more than he needed. Unfortunately, greed was rooted in his heart. Undeserving, he pressed forward with his lies. Tricking those around him became a natural thing to do so that he could have half of the kingdom and a beautiful princess. Although the tailor seemed honest on the outside, the tailor’s need for material items overcame his capacity to be a kind, loyal and honest man. He had a heart of stone. For one who is actually deserving of the great gifts the king bestowed upon him would never act in this way.

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