1 Corinthians 3:18-23
“Do not deceive yourselves. If you think that you are wise in this age, you should become fools so that you may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.” vss. 18-19a
We live in an age where no one seems to know what is going on, or have any clue about what is going to happen. The loudest voices are those of the fear-mongers and they tell us to be afraid, that the future is going to be full of violence and terror, and that only the strong will survive. Many of our leaders claim to be wise and exude confidence in whatever they proclaim. They provide answers…but the answers are conflicting and truth is considered relative. Doubters and protesters proliferate and it feels as though we’re sliding into chaos. Old verities have been discarded and we’re not sure if the new ones have substance. Policies are being enacted without a clear view of consequences and we worry that big mistakes are going to be made. Paul advised the people of Corinth that those who think they are wise should become fools…so that they might become wise. He has in mind here not the tomfoolery of Groucho Marx but the childlike humility modeled so well by Jesus. Oh how wonderful it would be if those who wish to be leaders could adopt humble, self-effacing postures…and maybe even admit that they don’t have all the answers. In the absence of such leadership we have no recourse but Christ…in him we shall never be separated from the love of God.
Thought for the Day: What signs of hope do you see in our world?