“We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored!” -1 Corinthians 4:10
In today’s reading, Apostle Paul writes to the church at Corinth that he and the other apostles were made a “spectacle to the world” and are “fools for Christ’s sake.” I’ve always felt that “fool” is a strong word and not one to be used lightly. So, when Paul speaks so fervently about being made a fool – like it’s a good thing, I was intrigued.
Synonyms for fool include stupid, foolish, dull, flat, dull in understanding, and lacking a grip on reality. Why would anyone want to be any of these things?
But if you’ve truly lived out your faith in this world, then you’ve been called crazy, illogical, and foolish your fair share. Like when you choose to save sex for marriage, or when you choose modesty over trends, or when you state boldly that the sin of homosexuality is an abomination to the Lord. That’s when they call you crazy. But God? He calls you set apart, beloved, His.
So, consider it a good thing to be called a fool for Christ’s sake. You’re not crazy for being different, you are set apart.