Bigtime ?

Bigtime ?

1 Corinthians 1: 20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? …25 For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

Every single time the new testament uses the word foolishness, it’s in one of two letters Paul wrote to the church in Corinth. Corinth was bigtime – a strategically located major city – a vital economic and trade center with two harbors, one on the east side and one on the west. Between them was a specially constructed railway across the isthmus. It was built centuries before the time of Jesus for overland transport of whole ships. The shortcut allowed ancient vessels to avoid a long and dangerously stormy sail around the Peloponnese peninsula.

Corinth had a rich military and political history that went back a thousand years before Paul got there. It was home to many temples and had gods galore. It was also known for its many and  expensive temple prostitutes. For Paul, it was a challenging yet natural place to plant a church to the glory of a crucified carpenter who never wrote a book, never travelled very far from his native land, never ran for office and was buried in a borrowed tomb. Foolishness indeed! So, even though the church in our day is up against a lot of the same kinds of “bigtime” things that push back against our message of the so-called foolishness of the cross, we press on, knowing that  the love of God is stronger than anything – stronger even than death.  Bigtime indeed!
Pastor Bill

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