Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 1 Corinthians 1:20-21
Looking back on my life, I have to admit I have done some foolish things.
Possibly you join me in admitting to doing things which, when undertaken, seemed like a good idea, but in retrospect were very foolish.
That could certainly be said of Italy's Ivece Plattner, who, when his Porsche got stuck on a railroad track, decided to try and save his beloved car. A good idea? Sure! But Plattner ran toward an oncoming train and tried to flag it down. He succeeded; the car was saved. Unfortunately, Plattner, who never got off the tracks, died.
Then, there is Adelir diCarli who tried to break the record for the longest time flying with the support of party balloons. diCarli was trying to raise money for a truck stop in Brazil. Another good idea? Absolutely! Unfortunately, the winds took diCarli out to sea, and without someone following him, he also died.
These men made tragic choices. Even so, their decisions are not nearly as terrible as those made by people who choose their wisdom over the Lord's plan of salvation.
You know such a person, don't you? Each of us is surrounded by folks who think they can outsmart God and do without the salvation that Jesus won upon the cross.
It is a foolish choice.
Like Mr. Plattner, these people are on a collision course with death. Judgment Day -- like an unstoppable train -- is steaming toward them.
Like Mr. diCarli, they are adrift and their end will not be pretty.
So that souls might be saved is why your church makes the witness it does; it is why you share the Savior's story of salvation when you can. It is why The Lutheran Hour preaches.
All of us want people to forsake their foolishness and be brought to faith in the crucified and risen Christ. This is a good idea at any time.
THE PRAYER: Dear heavenly Father, there are many people who have no use for You. I pray that You will bring them to faith in Jesus. On that list is NAME OF INDIVIDUAL, who is especially close to me. If it be possible, claim him for Jesus. In the Savior's Name. Amen.
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In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries