Antonin Scalia once said –
“God assumed from the beginning that the wise of the world would view Christians as fools … and he has not been disappointed. … If I have brought any message today, it is this: Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity. Be fools for Christ. And have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world.” (From a speech at Living the Catholic Faith conference, 2012.)
How true. Perhaps he was referring to 1 Corinthians 1:18 “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.”
Even from so called “Christians” I have been counted a fool. How you might ask? Here are just a few examples –
- My “simple” acceptance of the first 11 chapters of the Bible has targeted me as “unsophisticated.”
- My “love affair” with the “fetus” has brought condemnation from liberal Christian friends who think liberal policies are far more “Christian and loving.”
- My concern for “World View” and the choice to send my children to Christian Schools which I felt would support a Biblical World View has been declared “financially foolish” by well meaning Christians.
- My steadfast belief that the preaching of the Gospel is God’s design for the salvation to everyone who believes.
- My conclusion that all the feeding programs, women and child protection initiatives, clean water wells, etc. are only short term answers and even a waste of money without the truth of the living Gospel.
Yes, I am old fashioned. Yes, many consider me a fool. Some days it bothers me, and other days I am fine with it. But it is a fact.
And hey, we are not who really counts as it says in I Corinthians 4:10 “We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored!”
And always remember who the real fool is: Psalm 14:1 “The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.”
So from one fool for Christ to you other fools – hang in there! Keep your eyes on the Cross.