(My post from journeytheway.com)
We are the foolishness and the weak spoken of in 1 Corinthians 1:27-29. But what does that mean?
Does it mean we are ignorant of the realities of science and therefore when we accused of trying to scare children into morality with stories of hell are true?
Or does it mean we are foolish because we see the treasures of life as worthless when compared to knowing Christ Jesus our Lord?
To know for certain we must look at the reason God calls us the foolish, the weak, the low, and the despised.
The foolish were chosen to shame the wise; the weak were chosen to shame the strong; the low and the despised even the things that aren’t to show as nothing the things that are.
Yet more than these, “So that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, ‘Let the on who boasts, boast in the Lord.” (1Cor 1:29-31)
So, yes, we are chosen to show that surpassing power belongs to Christ and not to us. The things, which are in the eyes of most worthy of life and death to a believer, are not. What was once wisdom is now foolishness to a Christian.
The world, or the view of the world is radically changed. Turned right side up, if you will, to where what was once normal is now backwards. What was once our culture is now foreign to us.
It isn’t that we don’t understand science and are ignorant of the world, that’s not it all (most of the world largest advancements in science were made by believing men pursuing God), it’s that science is fuel for worship not what we worship.
The wise are shamed, because a child can understand the gospel. The strong are shamed, because their strength has no barring on salvation. Things that don’t exist are made to exist to shame what is (i.e. a redeemed heart is made within a lost heart).
This is what it means to be foolishness and weakness, it means to see the world as naught and Jesus as all; to fall headlong in love with our saving God rather than money, sex, and power. This is what it means to be Christian.