Life of Seemed Foolishness.

July 16, 2010

I am going to talk about a principle I love.

Here is a verse from 1 Corinthians 1:18.

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

This verse has really been on my heart the last few months.  It’s because when hearing what people believe and why people reject Christ, I hear a lot of different answers.

Often I hear about how judgemental Christians are and how they just want to beat up gay people, and aren’t very smart at all. Stuff like that.  This way saddens me, because although those perspectives are true in some scenarios, it shows that those people don’t have a true view of Christ, or what following Christ really is about.  Somewhere down the line, someone who claimed to be a Christian perverted the view of Christ for those people.

but sometimes

I hear a different perspective. I hear that this idea of Grace is just crazy.  That it doesn’t make sense that God would do everything we need to be in a relationship with Him. That it just sounds foolish and naive.

I love hearing this.

It may be because I am seeing a truth in the Bible come to life.

But I think it is mostly because the beauty of Grace is that to us as humans, it does seem foolish.  Why would we get something we don’t deserve? Why would God not make us jump through hoops? Love is why.

But the reason why I love when the cross is foolish to people simply because I think that they are starting to understand Grace a little bit more. They are starting to see that it is so opposite to the world we live in.  They also usually identify in themselves that they have sin and this forgiveness is something they have not earned.

So to me, I feel like those people are on the right track.  And I feel like I am starting to see a beautiful process of the realization of needing a savior.  Rather than a person just having a distorted view of the cross, it is like they are starting to understand the cross.

There is another side to the coin though. The passage says it foolishness to those who are perishing.  That’s scary.

Recently I hung out with an old friend from high school who I hadn’t hung out with in years. And I forgot how much I loved this person.  And I just got this sense in me that I want to spend eternity with this person.

That’s why it’s scary, there are gonna be some who still perish.  I hate that. But God wants to do something beautiful in their heart, and I want to be apart of that.

Let’s take joy when the cross is foolishness to some rather than some distorted thing, but let’s remember that those people matter, and we don’t want those people to continue to perish in this life, and to perish after they die.

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