It will not be an infrequent occurrence that people will look at us as fools who are wasting their lives and their time. Part of Christlikeness is to accept the ridicule which Christ accepted, to be willing to live as fools for Christ’s sake. In his letter to the Corinthian church Paul spends a great deal of time explaining that the wisdom of God is perceived as foolishness by the world. In fact, Paul says, the gospel is not naturally palatable to the world. It is truly a battle of spiritual power. If we start standing for truth, even professed believers might start to despise us. Living the words of the truth of the gospel along with prayer is what is sustaining as we go through life. We don’t know who will respond because, if Christ was willing to be regarded as a fool, so, too, must we.
O Lord, and enable me to accept being seen as foolish for your sake.
Are there times when I remain silent or “go along” in order not to be regarded as naïve or foolish? How can I have the courage to speak my beliefs?
We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are prudent in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are distinguished, but we are without honor. To this present hour we are both hungry and thirsty, and are poorly clothed, and are roughly treated, and are homeless; and we toil, working with our own hands; when we are reviled, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure; when we are slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become as the scum of the world, the dregs of all things, even until now.
1 Corinthians 4-13
Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man and he will love you. Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.
There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord.
In the struggle against evil, there is no shame in defeat — only in not fighting.
I am a ridiculous man. They call me a madman now. That would be a distinct rise in my social position were it not that they still regard me as being as ridiculous as ever.
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
To see what is right and not to do it is want of courage, or of principle.
If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.
He dares to be a fool, and that is the first step in the direction of wisdom.
James Gibbons Huneker