For those who have read the cartoon below before the text and are hoping that this blog post is about global warming (or hoping it is not) I’ll say this right up front: NOTabout that topic. This cartoon simply prompted my thinking about this topic once again.
Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, wrote in his letter to the Church in the city of Corinth that “The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18 – NLT)
I know that this is true and it is one of the reasons that, while there is a time and place for good apologetic discussions, there is also a time to quit with the arguing with a person who is, as Eugene Peterson has paraphrased this same verse, “hellbent on destruction.”
But my point is not that either. One of my frustrations with Christians — those who are being saved — is that they (we) sometimes use this verse to not only excuse but give license to our own foolishness. Am I the only one who tires of people who, in the name of Christ, flaunt their ignorance and narrow-heartedness and then, when perceived as idiots by those looking on from the sidelines, attribute the perceptions of others as badges of their own spirituality?
When a sister or brother makes an unpopular stand which reflects the Truth of the Word and the character of Christ and is subsequently mocked or marginalized (or worse) for that stand, I pray that I will be the first in line to encourage them. I want to cheer them on with gracious enthusiasm.
I pray too that Iwill live my life in a way that my devotion to Christ and my dependence on the cross as the only means by which I can enter into a relationship with a holy God will be so clear that there will be some who do think I’m a fool in my faith.
For those of us who grew up through a generational season at the end of the Boom where we focused a lot of energy trying to prove to the world and to ourselves that Christians can be cool, we’ve got to get over this need to sit at the popular kids’ table in the school cafeteria.
Bottom line — the thing I need to remember — it is not about being perceived as cool or uncool, about being evaluated as foolish or wise! It is about Jesus and the cross. Period.