Thought for the Day: There are strong admonitions against foolishness throughout the Old Testament, specifically in what is called the Wisdom Literature. Yesterday’s devotional spoke to one of those passages, and I purposely drove the point home to create the contrast with Paul’s comment about being fools for Christ. Are we to be foolish or not? It almost feels as if we are being yanked around just a bit. Like a lot of things in faith, it is important to understand context. The Wisdom Literature of old was very interested in creating a contrast between the wise and the foolish, those who make prudent choices and those who do not. In many situations, I do not believe Jesus or Paul would disagree, yet much of their ministries went against the tide of social expectation. They spent a lot of time with outcasts, the sick and even those who were considered immoral. A mother might tell a child how hanging out with “certain folks” would not be a wise choice, yet as followers of Jesus it sure appears as if those are the folks we are called to befriend. I think there is being stupid for stupid-sake. I’ve probably been there once or twice in life. Then there is taking a risk for and with Jesus, a risk in expressing the far-reaching character of God’s love. Many will look at it as foolishness. If it is, at least it is being a fool with Christ.
Prayer: If you guide me into foolish ways, O Spirit of Christ, then I feel certain its ok to be a bit of a fool. Amen.
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Rev. Bruce Frogge