The cross is foolishness to those who don’t believe. It was true in the first century and still true today. Perhaps that’s why some preachers try to make the gospel more palatable and sophisticated for those who consider themselves above it. However, it’s the very point of victory over sin and the specific reason Christ came to earth. On numerous occasions, the early church leaders got push-back concerning the gospel from philosophers and Jews who considered themselves advanced in knowledge. But, this is how Paul described it:
“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 the Jews request a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and the Greeks foolishness…because the foolishness of God is wiser than men and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” – 1 Corinthians 1:18, 22-23, 25 NKJV
There is no truth more precious than Christ dying for us and rising again. As a disciple, it’s the very core of our faith, the source of our hope, and not something to be minimized while attempting a more culturally acceptable way to know God.
Have you considered the cross lately? Have you ever stopped and thanked Jesus for His commitment to wear it while it was still rugged and not yet a piece of jewelry or wall art? Don’t avoid the message of the cross, it is the power of God…