A Fool for Christ’s sake

As I was going about my errands today I crossed the path of a familiar sight on the streets of many cities this time of year.  People dressed cheaply as the Statue of Liberty, dancing upon street corners, twirling signs, and waving manicly at passing cars hoping to entice others to enter the Liberty Tax office and have their taxes done.  A better way to describe this might be, people being paid almost nothing to dance on street corners in the freezing cold looking like fools. 

As I watched this young man twirl and wave I wondered to myself who would do such a thing.  Who would put aside all pride in order to act in such a way?  Who would do it on a street corner for all to see?  Who would be willing to act this foolish?

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It was at this point that the words of the Apostle Paul come to mind in 1 Corinthians 4:10 when he tells the church that “we are fools for Christ’s sake”.  We are to be so different from the world around us that it would appear as foolishness.

Lest we think that this is an isolated idea the apostle makes several other mentions of the foolishness of not only who we as Christians should be but of the message we preach as perceived by the world around us.

  • “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18)
  • “For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.” (1 Corinthians 1:21)

As I look into the church today I see very little of this foolishness.  The Gospel is of course the same in true Bible preaching churches and it is still foolishness to the world around us.  The Christians who have entrusted this message though appear far from foolish.  In fact, most Christians I know, myself included, are hard to distinguish from the world.  We are ‘good’, moral people in appearance but no different than the ‘good’ lost people around us.  We, as individuals, are no longer boldly proclaiming the message and doing whatever it takes to see others saved.

My prayer is that we would no longer be chameleons to the world, but instead our words and our actions would make us stand out.  I pray that we would boldly proclaim the Gospel to the world in every way possible.  That we would truly be fools for Christ’s sake.

Of course, a note must be inserted here that we are not to be ridiculous simply for the sake of being so.  We should not do foolish things simply to look foolish.  We should instead focus on being unashamedly, and boldly proclaiming Christ’s message to the world, despite what people may think of us for doing so.  We should not worry what the neighbors, or the family, or the friends will think.  We just do our job to be faithful to the Great Commission.

The church needs to stop blending in as pedestrians walking along the street of life.  Instead we need to take our cue from the Liberty Tax man and do whatever we can to entice as many people to safety inside.  There is no hope apart from the Gospel, and we have been entrusted with that message.  Let’s get foolish and proclaim it!

J.W. Willard

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