This year, Resurrection Day falls on April “Fools Day”.Â How fitting… Only a fool would believe in something like Resurrection, right?
Well… yes.Â One of the more unpopular and counter-cultural aspects of Christian faith is its ‘foolishness’.Â The Lord of all existence, meaning and being chooses not to select the best, the smartest, the most moral, the most successful, the strongest, the most desirable, to work through.Â No.Â In God’s economy, what society tells us are our assets are so often (if we hold them with pride) our liabilities.
Sure, in one sense, it is ‘foolish’ to deny the possibility of a thing like Resurrection.Â How ‘unscientific’ is the emotion of disgust that poisons the well of honest and patient consideration of just what might be possible in this mysterious existence.
But the label ‘fool’ will inevitably be found on the backs of those believing in the impossible; that the days of Death are numbered, that another level of Life has emerged, undying, from the Tomb.Â So be it.Â I’m a fool.
18Â For the message of the cross is foolishnessÂ to those who are perishing,Â but to us who are being savedÂ it is the power of God.Â 19Â For it is written:
â€œI will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
Â Â Â Â the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.â€
20Â Where is the wise person?Â Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age?Â Has not God made foolishÂ the wisdom of the world?Â 21Â For since in the wisdom of God the worldÂ through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to saveÂ those who believe.Â 22Â Jews demand signsÂ and Greeks look for wisdom,Â 23Â but we preach Christ crucified:Â a stumbling blockÂ to Jews and foolishnessÂ to Gentiles,Â 24Â but to those whom God has called,Â both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of GodÂ and the wisdom of God.Â 25Â For the foolishnessÂ of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weaknessÂ of God is stronger than human strength.
26Â Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called.Â Not many of you were wiseÂ by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.Â 27Â But God choseÂ the foolishÂ things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.Â 28Â God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised thingsâ€”and the things that are notâ€”to nullify the things that are,Â 29Â so that no one may boast before him.
1 Corinthians 1:18-29