(article reprinted by permission – TJ Calcara, Author)
I spent some time this morning reading the Bible, in particular 1 Corinthians, chapters one and two. At the risk of seeming irreverent, the main theme of these two chapters is foolishness. From 1 Corinthians 1:18 through the end of chapter two, the word “foolish” or a similar derivative is used seven times. The Apostle Paul seems to be saying that the message of Christ is foolish to those who don’t believe. That’s right! The Christian gospel seems absurd, brainless and half-witted (synonyms of foolish, according to dictionary.com) to those who are perishing.
Here are some principles of the foolishness of the gospel from 1 Corinthians 1 and 2:
- The message of the cross seems foolish to those who don’t believe, but the true believer knows it is a demonstration of God’s power (1 Cor. 1:18).
- Jesus Christ crucified is a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles (1 Cor. 1:23).
It seems like Paul is putting down the very gospel that he preaches, but hear him out to the end. He has some more things to say about foolishness:
- God prefers the foolish things of the world to the wise things in order to shame the wise (1 Cor. 1:27).
- The foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom (1 Cor. 1:25).
- God has made foolish the wisdom of the world (1 Cor. 1:20).
The first point is important, because Paul is saying that God has chosen the fools of society over those who are wise. God chose the foolish, the weak, the lowly and the despised over the wise and the strong. Furthermore, God has turned the wisdom of the world on its head. Why? Because God doesn’t want anyone to boast before him. What will I say when I stand before God someday? I certainly won’t be boasting.
“Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.”