God's Fool

God's Fool

18 March 2010

Today’s Reading: Joshua 1-2; Psalm 37; 1 Corinthians 3


18 Don’t fool yourself. Don’t think that you can be wise merely by being up-to-date with the times. 19 Be God’s fool—that’s the path to true wisdom. What the world calls smart, God calls stupid. It’s written in Scripture, He exposes the chicanery of the chic. (1 Corinthians 3:18-19 MSG)

I’m a student of the current culture in America and I try to stay pretty much in touch with what’s happening in our society. I subscribe to ministry journals and newsletters and regularly read blogs and commentaries related to trends in church culture and ministry. I’m on Facebook at and on Twitter at I can surf the internet and send and receive emails on my phone. I’m making the effort to be up-to-date with the times.

There’s a tension between being up-to-date on the culture and thinking that being “up-to-date” or “cutting-edge” in life and ministry is what really matters. We could get to the place where we’re as up-to-date as today’s news, able to talk about the latest in sports, entertainment, technology, and politics and be stupid in the things of God.

Balancing our exposure to pop culture with exposure to God-culture through daily Bible reading and journaling, through conversations that deeply and practically discuss real issues, through spiritual disciplines of quiet and contemplation, and through diligent, determined practice of the teachings of Jesus are perhaps our greatest protection against cultural irrelevance or cultural assimilation.

For in Christ, neither our most conscientious religion nor disregard of religion amounts to anything. What matters is something far more interior: faith expressed in love. (Galatians 5:6 MSG)

I’d rather be God’s fool than a fool in God’s eyes.


Father, Please help me never to become a stuck-in-the-past religious fool or a cutting-edge, pop-culturally-aware secular fool. May I live with the wisdom and courage to develop and teach the values and practices that keep me on the “God’s fool” side of the line. Amen.

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