Posted by: twobigyellowcranes | 12 March 08

King of fools

Cards on the table now: I am a continually struggling follower of Jesus Christ.

I haven’t really come out and said what I believe on this blog, but I have been commenting on/responding to what some others have said on some of the blogs listed on my blogroll (Question Monkey, Kicked by an Elephant) in and around the Christian faith. So, on the off-chance that someone reads this blog and not those other (more interesting) blogs, I thought that it was time I came on the record.

I have lead a number of Christianity Explored courses in my church and am in the middle of one at the moment. This is a course designed to allow people who take some time out of their busy everyday lives in an attempt to discover what Christianity is all about. This is done primarily through them reading through Mark’s Gospel in their own time and then our meeting as a group to discuss what we have read the previous week followed by a talk on one aspect of the Christian faith (such as grace or the resurrection).

Why am I telling you all this? Because I am trying to say that I am more than willing to talk about what I believe… in certain contexts. However, I am not at this particular time minded to turn this blog into an explanation or justification for what I believe for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, I am a commercial lawyer (wait and see where this is going) and being able to argue well is an important part of my job. Take me out of work and put into the context of a Christianity Explored course, and sometimes I get so into trying to answer a question well, I lose sight of the person who asked it and where they are coming from (as I think I have done on-line over the last couple of days). I think my words on this blog will have a questionable impact or be of limited special value to a reader who doesn’t know me or my God. It is the grace of that God in their lives and which unfolds in God’s story recorded for us in the Bible that will change people’s hearts, not the words of twobigyellowcranes.

Secondly, I am determined to try to stay away from intellectual arguments about my faith for the sake of them. I might enjoy them (I often do) and others do too. I don’t believe I can often win of them now. If that surprises you, I don’t think it should. I believe that God wants us to think about matters of faith and has given us minds to critically consider and weigh things up. However, at the end of the day (to use that footballer’s cliche), it is just a faith that you need to step out onto with uncertainty at some point or not. Christianity and the cross make no sense to the world in which we love. Don’t take my word for it – this passage from 1 Corinthians has been in my mind for the last couple of days:

‘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. For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”

Where are the wise? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let those who boast boast in the Lord.” ‘

I pride myself on many things and I boast about many things other than my God. And yet my intelligence and wisdom (which are both God-given) are foolishness before him. I’d invite anyone with real spiritual questions on their mind to explore the Bible seriously with as open a heart and mind as they can. That is what has changed me and my life (nowhere near as much as it should or could) and that is why I will keep putting my faith in the king of fools.

PS Don’t take this post to mean that I won’t throw in my tuppence worth on other blogs if I feel suitably lead or bolshie…

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Responses

  1. the question is… is Torres ‘the one’ , can he at last bring league success to the mighty ‘pool’.

    will this year be the high water mark for Man U… a new age of anfield is coming… agree?

  2. No, although what would the close season be without Liverp**l fans deluding themselves that the coming season will be ‘the one’…

  3. hey… i can’t live with out my ‘faith’ that next season is the one!! it’s what gets me up in the morning

  4. actualy… maybe i should set up an Exploring Unbelief class… where you can send people after they have finished your course… to give them a fair overview. good idea?

  5. Bagsy my course go second.

  6. ah… you really ARE a lawyer 🙂

  7. Cracking night at Christianity Explored tonight by the way. The questions were flying…


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