Cross Words: Wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5)
Topic: Sermons Passage: 1 Corinthians 1:18–2:5
The 2004 Red Sox team that broke the curse and finally won a World Series after 86 years of falling short often referred to themselves as “idiots.” They were lovable, laughable, with long hair and beards, and had some eclectic characters with “devil-may-care” attitudes. But they were a tight-knit family and made one of the greatest comebacks in playoff history to beat the Yankees, then advance to, and win, the World Series. (I know, I’m not the pastor who’s supposed to be talking about the Red Sox, but I am married to a New Englander…)
I know that not everybody’s into self-deprecation, but it’s a healthy thing to be willing to call yourself an idiot. I know we’d rather try to be recognized and appreciated for our intelligence, our beauty, or our abilities. But our sermon text for this Sunday reminds us that the world thinks we’re stupid, and rather than fighting that characterization, we might as well embrace it. That’s not to say that we drop out of school, never read a book again, or try to be unintelligent. But to realize that when we embrace the wisdom of God contained in the Scriptures and the Gospel of grace, we’re never going to be intellectually revered by the world no matter how many degrees we have.