Yeah We’re Supposed To Look Foolish To The World, But Not That Way

This is a part 2 to yesterday’s post about the movement to make Christianity cool, though it takes a different turn.

The most common complaint against the hipster Christianity movement is simply: “the Bible says our ways are not of this world and therefore we will ALWAYS be seen as foolish.” In fact this gets said all the time.

This is the whole “we are aliens here on earth, awaiting our return to our rightful home of heaven.”

I ain’t a fan o’ such thinkin’.

The alien/we’ll-always-be-seen-as-foolish argument grants license to Christians to be a bit odd. We take it to mean we’ll always been seen as weird and goofy because of our beliefs, and so we shouldn’t fret when we get slapped with all sorts of labels.

I’d venture to say many people take it so far that there is little, if nothing, that separates us from a cult. I hate to say it, but I’ve shared this view from time to time.

I think the foolish thing got misunderstood, I think we don’t totally get what sets us apart and makes us look a little bizarre. This line of thinking legitimized escapist beliefs like the rapture and host of other things, but missed the point of what makes us foolish.

So what is foolish about Christianity you may ask? It is the giving of your love and life away for others – for forgiving when you’ve been wronged and the situation will not be righted. You are viewed as foolish because sometimes you lose – whatever was done will not be fully corrected and therefore you had something that you will not get back. You are viewed as foolish when you don’t use the traditional manipulations of power, when you decide to be peaceful instead of the instant results of violence.

So yes, we’re supposed to look foolish, but because of our love! We will always look odd washing feet instead of taking the place of high esteem, and we will always look foolish offering a second cheek to be slapped, but it is our love, perseverance, grace, forgiveness and unrelenting desire for reconciliation that will make us look weird.

Where have you seen the “foolish” argument used to justify something? Are there any areas that I missed?

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2 Responses to Yeah We’re Supposed To Look Foolish To The World, But Not That Way

  1. David says:

    HOw foolish did this look?

    Acts 2:14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These men are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning!

    Or this:

    Mark 11:4 They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, 5some people standing there asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” 6 They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go.

    Or this:

    John 9:6 Having said this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes.

    I think some of the actions that we are compelled to do by the Holy Spirit are foolishness to the world.

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