When Your Evil Is Stupid Too

You have probably heard of the show called America’s Dumbest Criminals, I bet.  Sometimes criminals are just so stupid that they are actually kinda funny.

But what a lot of people don’t give much thought to is the idea that there are really only TWO main categories of reasons for bad behavior.  (Any exceptions are just that – exceptions – and thus very rare.)

The two categories of reasons we do bad things are Evil Intent and Ignorance.  Evil Intent never gets excused, but sometimes Ignorance does – especially for minor infractions. (“Oh, I’m sorry, I didn’t know…”).  However, Ignorance is a shameful thing to plea in a LOT of cases.  Most bad behavior resulting from Ignorance is still a matter of SHOULD-HAVE-KNOWN-BETTER.  Thus, even though pleading Ignorance might save you from paying consequences, you frequently are admitting to your own Stupidity, and thus a bit of shame is still attached.

But sometimes it’s both.  And that is extra shameful, and so we like to hold such behavior up to ridicule.  Thus we have a show like America’s Dumbest Criminals.

But you know the system is bad when you can so blatantly disregard the rules that no one calls you out on it – or if they do, you punish the whistle blower instead of the criminal.

And that is what we have in our churches today.  We hold to a mission statement like “Love God and love others” even pointing out how it comes straight from the lips of Jesus, but then totally disregard his words when he says “I was a stranger, and you took me in…”

Yeah, you really can’t plea Ignorance on this one.  And if you try, you should be called out as BOTH Evil AND Stupid, and should change this behavior before it becomes your shame.


  1. blessedbethepoor · December 4, 2018

    And that is what we have in our churches today.  We hold to a mission statement like “Love God and love others” even pointing out how it comes straight from the lips of Jesus, but then totally disregard his words when he says “I was a stranger, and you took me in…”

    Thanks for your post. After reading the above, the following book came to mind:

    I Was A Stranger: A Christian Theology of Hospitality

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  2. blessedbethepoor · December 4, 2018

    It was a good read. You will find some good information.


    • Agent X · December 25, 2018

      Yay! I got the book for Christmas.. . Go figure.

      Glad to have it.

      My main reaction at the moment is that I am jazzed to find this material addressed theologically. The book When Helping Hurts is not really a theological treatment of the matter. It’s much more akin to sociology/social work yet driven, in my view, by politics ( conservative particularly) and peppered with Bible quotes intended to validate its theses.

      Sutherland goes to a different starting place and heads in a different direction. He starts with Jesus and analyses the subject as if it were Jesus himself we are called to host. And of course he has fantastic biblical grounds for this.

      Thx so much for the recommendation.


      • blessedbethepoor · December 25, 2018

        Good for you brother.

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      • Agent X · April 12, 2019


        I have been off line since Christmas. It has been very difficult to communicate with blog friends during that time, but I am back now.

        Anyway, I need to tell you what a tremendous impact your comment made on my life since Christmas. You’re suggestion was a good one, one that put my nose on the scent of others like it. I found an interesting article in ABD by John Koenig which led me to his book New Testament Hospitality. Actually the article and ABD jazzed me more than the book, but both were helpful. But then I ran across Joshua Jipp’s book called Saved by Faith and Hospitality. Jipp rocked it! I am more impressed with Jipp than anything I have read in the last five years at least.

        But honestly, all of them together have helped to expand my mind and imagination quite a lot. I didn’t have a computer to type with, so I started buying composition notebooks and filling them with notes. Fresh thoughts, reactions, all that. Soon, I had a full blown conversation going with myself.

        Then I went out and obtained a copy of When Helping Hurts (I read it before, but never owned it) and a copy of Toxic Charity and began filling composition books with reactions to those too. I am having quite a lot of fresh clarity and trying to formulate my thoughts in an orderly presentation now.

        At any rate, your suggestion has blossomed far beyond what I would think you ever expected, and I want to thank you again.

        Having you here has really blessed me.




  3. blessedbethepoor · April 13, 2019

    Thanks brother. I will need to check these titles out. Right now I am in the middle of teaching discipleship on Wednesday nights at church. I started last semester. I extended the study this spring.



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