Standing Firm in Foolishness, and God Said That It Was Good

by Jason B. Ladd

To the Christian, rejecting the saving power of the gospel is foolish. But sometimes it’s hard not to feel foolish when your faith is belittled, even if you’re normally secure with your convictions.

But the hecklers of today are not the first to dismiss the cross of Christ as foolishness. In the Book of Corinthians, the Apostle Paul acknowledges the ridiculousness of the gospel to those who do not believe:

“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 is the wise man? Where is the scholar? 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” (
1 Cor 1:18-21).

The Creator of all things knows that pride tends to swell in the hearts of his creations. Free will is one of the greatest possible gifts, but it also inflates our sense of power and intellect. Man has accomplished much during his time on earth, but our accomplishments pale in comparison to the works of a mighty God with the power to speak the universe into being and who literally knows everything.

But sometimes we think we know everything. We get a little too big for our britches.

It’s exactly when we get too smart for our smarty-pants that God likes to step in and shake things up…


Standing Firm in Foolishness, and God Said That It Was Good | Jason B. Ladd