Lenten Reflection for March 4

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Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25

“Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?”

Atheist Bill Maher made the movie Religulous in 2008 to poke vicious fun at Christians—our belief in God and our belief that Christ died on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins.

Maher created the movie by putting microphones in the faces of various lay people and asking them various theological questions. Caught off guard, they said things that sounded ridiculous, and Maher concluded that, since they were not able to come up with sensible sounding answers, Christians are not very bright and our religious beliefs are not rational.

Recently a shorter video went viral on YouTube making the same kind of fun of science. The creator of the video put microphones in peoples’ faces and demanded answers to various scientific questions. The people were caught off guard and many of their answers sounded downright idiotic.

The creator of the video concluded that if we can still believe that science is true, even though the average person who believes in science can’t explain it very well, then how is it that the inability of average people to explain Christianity somehow means that Christianity is false? Clearly, there is no correlation.

In the time of St. Paul, there were people like Bill Maher around who were making fun of Christians for believing that Christ’s death on the cross was saving them from their sins. Paul referred to their world view as “the passing wisdom of the world.”

Even after 2,000 years, Christianity continues to….proclaim Christ crucified, and to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.

By Judith McRae

Prayer

Loving and life-giving God, we thank you for the wisdom that comes from our ancestors in the faith. We especially thank you for the ministry of Jesus that teaches us about God’s love for humanity.   AMEN

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