I got a silly/sweet valentine this year that says, “I love you when you’re smart, and when you’re following a clue…” Adjacent to ‘smart’ is a picture of a cat holding a Physics book, and next to ‘following a clue,’ is a cat looking for her sunglasses, while her sunglasses are clearly sitting on top of her head.
Wisdom and foolishness. Who decides which is which?
In 1 Corinthians Paul says the cross is powerful. Its power comes not from wisdom, but from what looks and sounds and feels like foolishness: In Jesus Christ, God dies the death of a slave–the lowest of the low–at the hands of a world power.
READ. 1 Corinthians 1:17-19
“For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power.
For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”
CONSIDER. I think I’m scared of sounding foolish. I often shrink away from the ‘foolishness’ of the cross and let the power of the cross fade in favor of something more palatable, or mainline, or moderate.
But, there’s nothing moderate or mainline about the cross: In Jesus, God became someone the wise world would call a ‘nobody,’ and ministered to and with nobodies, and died a nobody’s death, so that all the nobodies would know, once and for all, that they are somebody.
May my life reflect this foolishness.
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