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How would you complete a sentence that begins, “A Florida man . . .” Would you say, “does something stupid?” A popular meme on the internet involves the words “Florida man.” According to Wikipedia, the meme started on a Twitter account that posted news headlines about male residents of the state doing bizarre things. On the day I searched the internet news for “Florida man” I found two stories only hours old.
In one, a 53 year old man set his home near Orlando on fire because he was mad at the home owners association. It exploded, damaging other units. Then the man shot himself in the neck, but not fatally. He was hauled to jail, charged with arson.1 In the other story, a drunk driver was arrested for crashing his car into a dentist’s office in Ocala. He fled from the scene, but was apprehended later with a blood alcohol level far above the legal limit. He was arrested for DUI and fleeing the scene.2
These stories illustrate a principle about fools. Fools face punishment. Proverbs 16:22 says, “Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it, but folly brings punishment to fools.” (NIV 1984) Let’s be realistic. We all know that fools live in every state, not just Florida. We must all focus on understanding and following God’s word. It is the best way to avoid punishment in this life and in the afterlife.
- Louis Casiano, “Florida man angry with HOA sets apartment on fire, causing explosion, before shooting himself: police,” Fox News, January 24, 2023, https://www.foxnews.com/us/florida-man-angry-hoa-apartment-fire-explosion-shooting-himself-police
- Marie Edinger,”Florida man who rammed car into dentist’s office charged with DUI, police say,” Fox News, January 25, 2023, https://www.foxnews.com/video/6319226782112
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