Each year television offers a plethora of programing that debates who is the best. Categories include athletes, politicians and specific occupations. One of the measuring sticks often applied is education. Anyone who attends an ivy league school is automatically given high marks. Well, unless of course your name is George W. Bush or Donald J. Trump. This method of judging subtract points for possessing the wrong political affiliation or unpopular worldviews. In other words, if you are conservative, you must not be that intelligent.
We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began, 1 Corinthians 2:6-7.
As I recount the words of the apostle Paul within 1 Corinthians 2, I understand the mindset behind this earthly logic. There is an elitism that exists among the ruling party and upper class. Thus, standards are developed by leaders of each age, encouraged, promoted and supported by journalists and members of the media. Whenever anyone strays from these bench mark ideas, educators attempt shame people into adherence. This plan is being executed daily at colleges and universities throughout the country.
The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, 1 Corinthians 2:14-15.
If you don’t believe me, you might want to check up on the assignments your children are being asked to do for homework as well as the topical papers that play a big part in the overall grades for this class. Whether it’s embracing progressive ideas, global warming or white privilege, anyone who rejects these teachings are automatically labeled as bigots, racists and sexists. I’m not sure the exact issues the apostle Paul was fervently debating in the first century, but I get what the Bible says about being foolishness in the eyes of the world. Only through the power of the Holy Spirit does someone see life clearly. Those who rely too much on human logic end up becoming blind to truth. I think I get or do I? What do you think?
by Jay Mankus