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. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 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. Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. (1 Corinthians 1:18-25)
There’s no getting around it: you and I are fools for believing and following Christ. How does it feel to be a fool? It feels great.
What if it took extra special smarts to be a Christian? Who would want that? Then those who were Christians could lord it over those who weren’t. As it is, we’re the fools for believing that a dead man on a cross could save us. We’re the losers. We’re the sinners in need of salvation. Frankly, it feels good to be bottom rung. We are not the elite. We don’t have anything to claim or anything to prove. All we have, we have received. We haven’t earned anything. We accepted a free gift, and suddenly we are in the family of God.
We are fools because human nature is to succeed. To be great. To be strong. Human nature separates the men from the boys.
The gospel is for the weak, the lowly, the broken down, the hungry, the thirsty, the addicted — those who think they got a bad shake in life. Those who can’t help themselves. This is true of all ages, all cultures, all people. This is the best news ever. The gospel is for fools and we all qualify.
April fools? No, April wisdom.