1 Corinthians 3.18-19 commands, if you think you are wise by this world’s standards, you need to become a fool to be truly wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. As the Scriptures say, “He traps the wise in the snare of their own cleverness.”
Recently deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia put it this way, ‘God assumed from the beginning that the wise of the world would view Christians as fools…and He has not been disappointed. Devout Christians are destined to be regarded as fools in modern society. We are fools for Christ’s sake. We must pray for courage to endure the scorn of the sophisticated world. If I have brought any message today, it is this: Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity. Be fools for Christ. And have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world.’
Justice Scalia’s challenge is immensely timely for this generation of Christians.
There are at least 3 areas we need to become fools in our thinking if we are to become wise in God’s sight.
First, is the area of creation. Too many Christians for too long now have wanted to fit in with the science ‘experts’ by denying God created the earth in six days as the Bible clearly records. Evolution has so dominated the education system that few Christians even consider any alternative to the origin of humanity. Evolution is the religion of the godless to explain the origin of humanity, it is not fact and has never been ‘proven.’
Second, we must think differently about the beginning of life. The Bible clearly defines life at conception not at birth. The world continues to murder the child in the womb with little resistance from the Church. There is much blood on our hands over this holocaust that has been created so that some people are not inconvenienced by their disobedience to God.
Finally, the current topic of marriage has too many Christians confused. God created marriage immediately upon creating woman. This institution has been around since the dawn of humanity and has been understood since that time by all peoples from all nations to be between one man and one woman. True, it has not always been practiced exclusively between only two but always between a man and a woman. Now that we are more wise we are less certain of God’s original design for men and women.
No doubt there are more issues to consider but if there really is a God and He really will hold each person accountable to obedience to His standards, then don’t you agree it is in our best interest to bet on His standards as recorded in His manual for how we are to live and think during our short time on this earth?