This Sunday Jeff wrapped up our series from the book of Proverbs by bringing a simple message from the book of 1 Corinthians. Simply put, there is a difference between the wisdom of the world and the wisdom of God. The reality is that we in the world only know God through something that, for those who do not believe, comes across as foolishness; we believe that we are all sinners and Christ died on the cross for our sins and rose again and will one day return. This is what God calls us to believe and to believe this is Godly wisdom but it’s worldly foolishness.
Our church and in some ways our entire generation has a particular aversion to playing the fool. This can lead to a mistrust of people and their motivations, a lack of faith or hope in the human race and in the end it leads to cynicism. Our church, Visio Dei, sees this in our culture but we, in making an appeal to the untrusting and the cynical can sometimes have a propensity to be just as cynical as the world around us. In so many ways, cynicism is just a mode of self defense. It presumes the worst about everything and everyone and then defends against it. And because cynicism thinks it sees ‘what is really going on’, it feels real, authentic. We can be so afraid of looking foolish that we sometimes decide it’s better not to believe anything. How this can be detrimental to our faith should be obvious. In the eyes of the world we are called to believe something foolish. And God calls that ‘wisdom.’ Our existence as a church and our walk as believers is based on faith and is inherently something we have to choose to believe. We live in a world that cynically says, ‘I’ll believe it when I see it’. But we follow a God who says, ‘You’ll see it after you believe it.’
God calls us out of our cynicism and into faith and “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” To fight the cynical spirit that says, ‘I can’t count on anyone but myself’ and believe completely on Jesus.
 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
(Proverbs 1:7 ESV)
Band for the week was:
- Julie Watkins – vox
- Brent Francese – dejmbe + perc
- John Enzor – bass
- Patrick Downing – guitar + vox