“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.”
1 Corinthians 1:18
I have a T-Shirt from my days of being a camp counselor that says simply “Camp Nerd” on the front, and on the sleeve of the shirt it quotes a similar verse to the one above, which says, “If we are out of our minds, it is for the sake of Christ.”
This is one of my favorite verses in the entire Bible because even though it was written in the first century, I think it’s message is still relevant to our 21st century experience of Christianity.
How foolish it must have sounded to the ears of first century Roman citizens to worship a God that was weak enough to allow his son to be crucified on a cross. But rather than try to rationalize it, or explain the logic, the apostle Paul embraces the utter foolishness of it all, saying that this foolishness is the power of God. Paul reminds us that “God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.”
In today’s age of enlightenment and scientific discovery, many have felt the same way – that the message of our faith seems foolish in light of all the advancements that we have made. And you know what? IT IS! What seemed foolish to the world in the 1st century still seems foolish in the 21st.
But we are reminded that it’s through weakness that we find our faith as Christians. God revealed himself through the weakness of the cross, and it’s through our own vulnerability and weakness that God reveals his strength in us.
So I say, Thanks be to God, for the foolishness of our faith.