“Christians are ignorant.”
“Christians are weak.”
“Christians are escapists.”
Ever heard those charges? More and more, these insults are thrown around as simple truths.
Christians sometimes don’t accept the theories and beliefs that others hold as settled fact. Some Christians even talk about science like it is an enemy of faith (which might just be a bit ignorant, frankly). Christians can be viewed by some as weak when we don’t fight back or refuse to pursue our own glory and advancement. And to those who don’t accept it, our belief in an afterlife seems like nothing more than wishful thinking and a way to escape our frustrations and disappointments.
The reality of the situation, according to Paul as he starts 1 Corinthians, is that God did intend for it to be this way. God has always chosen the unconventional way of working. Only criminals die on crosses; the gospel was scandalous to Jews. And humans can’t kill gods; the gospel sounded foolish to Greeks. Yet this is exactly the message with which God sent his ambassadors into the world. Why?
I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the shrewdness of the clever I’ll abolish. (1:19)
God’s folly is wiser than humans, you see, and God’s weakness is stronger than humans. (1:25)
God gladly plays the underdog. He’ll take the B-string. He’ll do things that sound backwards and foolish, but . . . when they bring about change, when those things make all the difference, when they render other things ineffectual, it will be God and His wisdom that stands supreme.
So, yes, for a time we may very well seem ignorant, weak, and even like escapists. God’s wisdom is still being revealed in its glory.