Read 1 Corinthians 1:18-31

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.  For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”


Where is the one who is wise?

Where is the scribe?

Where is the debater of this age?


Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?  For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe.  For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.  For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.


Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.  But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, so that no one might boast in the presence of God.


He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, in order that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”  (NRSV)


    —from Rev. Donald Snyder – First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Beckley


            There is an apocryphal story told about St. Augustine.  It seems that the famed teacher was confronted one day by a man who asked, “If God is eternal, what was He doing before he began creation?”  Quickly Augustine replied, “Creating hell for people who ask questions like that!” 

            The world wants easy answers to tough questions.  Paul is confronting a conflicted church that has divided the body of Christ   according to baptismal tradition.  The cross has lost its meaning for those who think that it is not the one in whom you believe that is important, but rather who has dunked you. 

            The meaning of the cross is based upon the perspective of position:  On this side of the cross we see the foolishness of rejection; on the other side we see the wisdom of God’s salvation.


Open our eyes and our hearts, O God,

that in the wisdom of this world we may find its folly,

and in the foolishness of the gospel, eternal life.