We are called to be in the world, but not of the world. We are not to use the wisdom of this world to ‘wow’ those that are in the world into believing on Christ Jesus.
In 1 Corinthians 1:17-25 Paul says: ‘For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect. For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.” Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For Jews requested a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.’
The one thing to notice is that Paul knew what his mission was and he was focused on that mission. He did not get caught up in the world and their wisdom and the things that they would have wanted him to say or do. Instead, he focused on his mission, and ran his race as well as he could.
Ultimately, the question is: why do we as Christians and ministers of Christ, feel that we must listen to the world and its wisdom telling us that our message must be changed, suppressed, and only talked about behind closed doors? Our mission has not changed much from that of Paul’s: to preach the gospel to everyone, all nations, tribes, and tongues, and to baptize those who choose to believe. Yet here we are being intimidated by the world, listening to its ‘wisdom,’ and proceeding to adapt the message that we have been entrusted with to ‘not offend’ those we are trying to reach as well as those we are not trying to reach.
The cross is offensive – that is what a stumbling block is! ‘An obstacle or hindrance to progress, belief, or understanding.’ It trips them up. We must realize that we are not competing with the world’s wisdom; God has established His message in His way, and in His timing. We are His servants and stewards of His message, and we must proclaim this message and no other – or we are not deemed to be a faithful steward!
It is time to get real for Him, and get past what the world is yelling at us as foolish, and realize that what they call ‘foolishness’ is what God says is the wisest as all, and that His wisdom (what they call foolishness) is the only means of salvation from sin and hell that anyone in this world has. It is this or nothing. So preach it, proclaim it, live it, and most of all be proud of it, seeing it as the most precious pearl or jewel that the world has or could ever see.