[#pictureLent] March 2: WISDOM

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By Danielle and Adam Knapp

First, read 1 Corinthians 1:18-21

It’s amazing how much time we spend listening and watching people argue with each other. Debate has become an American pastime: talk radio, political discourse, open forums at universities, pretty much any show on ESPN or FOX Sports. Everyone is convinced they are right. Everyone is convinced they are wise, and their opponent is foolish.

Except, the louder they shout at each other, the more foolish both sides look.

Christ gave us a different model. God gave us his foolishness – the Cross – as the hope of those who are truly wise. In the eyes of the world, the Cross makes no sense. What kind of savior suffers death, and not just any death, but the humiliating, dehumanizing death of crucifixion, in order to redeem and rescue the very people who crucified him?

When it comes to wisdom, the Cross changes all the rules. If we call ourselves Christians, our responsibility is to follow the pattern of Christ: to become fools. Rather than embrace the debate culture, we are called to make the argument for our faith with love, self-sacrifice, compassion, mercy and forgiveness.

This is foolishness to the wise of this world, who repeatedly are thwarted by their desire to prove the dominance of their point of view through argument. Quiet humility runs counter to a world of shouting voices. Perhaps, that’s why God chose this path. It is so contrary to human instinct, it couldn’t possibly come from human impetus.

God has made foolish the wisdom of our world through the foolish message we proclaim – Jesus Christ and him crucified.

Those who follow Christ risk looking foolish, but they are the ones who receive true wisdom.

Discussion/Reflection Questions:

  1. Have you ever been tempted to debate someone about faith? How did it turn out?
  2. Where is your area of expertise? Are you willing to give it up to follow Jesus?
  3. What would it take for you to receive the wisdom of God?