“Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness”; and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” Therefore let no one boast in men. For all things are yours: whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death, or things present or things to come—all are yours. And you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.”
I Corinthians 3:18-23 NKJV
Once again, the nation has been stricken with tragedy as six people were killed by an alleged shooter who has been arrested. Once again the powers that be, the supposed wisest among us, are looking to an inanimate object as the cause of all the mayhem seems to be plaguing us.
Before the bodies had even cooled, there were shouts for gun control. This is the epitome of the wisdom of man. Through the day, I heard no one make an effort to look to the real problem and the real question: why are people killing each other.
Instead we blame the gun. Such is life in a world that rejects the wisdom of the Lord.
Imagine if we applied this to other things plaguing our society. Imagine banning all cars because of drunk drivers, or banning all male reproductive organs to stem rape.
I become frustrated when I hear people lament the loss of abortion rights in one breath, and then slam the ability to own guns in the next. It is if they are saying: “I want to ban your way of killing, but you better leave mine alone!”
Regardless of the mode, we are ending innocent life on the altar of self gratification.
As I read I Corinthians three, this morning, I once again found myself dealing with the foolishness of man. In our godlessness, we like to think we have all the answers, when in reality we have none. We pass laws and measures, pat ourselves on the back, and them shake our heads in horror when we realize we have done nothing to change the outcomes.
Paul was writing about the sectarianism on the church at Corinth, but there is much that can apply to life in this lost world. The church at Corinth had been heavily influenced by the culture around it.
The church today is in a similar predicament, in that we live in a world that has little to no regard for human life.
We elevate a belief system to explain the origins of all things that ignores Creator God, we view humanity as advanced animals, amoral and no better, we decide that a human life in the womb is nothing but a lump of cells, we gleefully euthanize the sick and the elderly in increasing numbers, and we never once consider that all these things are entering the minds and consciousness of our kids.
Man’s wisdom: “we are happy accidents emanating from the primordial goo.”
God’s wisdom: we are made in the image of God.
Until we recognize God as our creator, Savior and Lord, these horrible things will continue. It is a sign of the times, and the end of the age. While we should not get used to it, we should look at it as a reason to pause and reconsider the wisdom of man. Paul the apostle warned Timothy of this age, and it is now upon us.
“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”
II Timothy 3:1-5 NKJV
These characteristics will mark those who bring the wisdom in these times, and try as they might, destruction will accompany every effort they make to improve the world we live in.
Brothers and sisters, it is time for those who call upon the name of the Lord to go out and tell of the Good News, that message that has the power to transform lives. It is too late to make this world a better place, but it is not too late to save as many people from the fire as possible.
We must avoid the wisdom of this world, which is foolishness, and embrace what the world deems foolishness, the word of God. Let us not be divided over earthbound concerns. Let us be only focused on the One who saved us. One thing that has weakened the message of the church, is the division. Let us be united in Christ and the word, connected by sound doctrine.
In these times, I do not look upon myself as a mere church member, but a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us put aside all the worldliness, and let us be centered on the Word of God. Let us keep our eyes on the prize, the coming eternal kingdom of God in Jesus Christ.
By focusing on Jesus, I put aside all disputing and press on to represent my Lord.
The time is short my people, and it is dark now, but the Son is coming up!
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