Friday, December 11, 2009

“Your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 2.5)

New Testament Challenge, Day 27 – 1 Corinthians 1-9

This passage says it all. The wisdom of men, what we might also call secular wisdom, urges us to continue to strive for more wealth at the exclusion of our personal relationships. Then when the economy crashes and we seek counsel and comfort in those who are close to us because we have lost all our wealth, where will they be? If they were true friends they would embrace us and try to offer us the hope that is in Christ. If they were secular in their own mindset they may turn away from us since we are now of no value to them as a means for their own building of wealth. When we place our hope in anything other than God, we will be let down.

With the recent health care debate in Congress, after thirty years of teaching that life was an accidental evolution rather than an intentional act of God, or that life is only valuable when one can thrive on one’s own, or that life is a matter of a mother’s convenience, is it any surprise that the State of Florida has suggested the removal of the elderly from life support to make room for younger (read here more potential wealth building) patients with the flu to give them a fighting chance? If we place our faith in this wisdom, we will surely be killing ourselves.

The only true wisdom comes from God and in that must rest our faith, “because the foolishness of God is wiser than men.” (1 Corinthians 1.25)

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