Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Epiphany 4a - 1 Corinthians 1:18-31

I’ve spent significant time, energy and resources learning the proper way to talk about this foolish message. It seems ironic to me after spending the last two days at a theological conference theologizing about the nature of God that maybe a good bit of God talk (theos=God logos=word) is about making the foolish message sound wise. By that I mean (you see how it happens) religious professionals (or is that the professionally religious) carefully define this foolishness so as to fit it into an orthodox box, lest we sound silly and stray into heresy. Don’t get me wrong, how we talk about God matters, but the cross is not a theological construct. It is a sadistic instrument of torture conceived by the wise and powerful human mind. And in Jesus God decides foolishly in weakness to die on one. I think I’ll stop and stay with that thought for awhile before dressing up the ugliness of the cross in carefully constructed theologizing.

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