After two days of meeting, the twelve of us wrapped up a new strategy for a church planting ministry project. At the end, someone said something like, “Wait a minute, this is a good work, but how does it fit in with ‘God’s foolishness is higher than human wisdom?’” In other words, if the new strategy seems to make sense to us, maybe it isn’t from God?… Huh?
What the guy needs to understand is that the opposite of sense is nonsense! Yes, the passage explains that the gospel initially doesn’t seem to make sense. At first the idea sounds foolish that a guy who died on a cross two thousand years ago affects me. However, just because it initially is hard to understand doesn’t mean it is nonsense.
This error is similar to the guy who says, “An idea came to mind and since it made no sense, I knew it was from God!” Really? The measure of whether an idea is from God is that it makes no sense? Why not conclude that because the idea made no sense it was simply NONSENSE and should be forgotten? Or how about this: because it didn’t make sense, it WASN’T from God? You know your conclusion is faulty if the opposite conclusion is just as sound.
Beware of people who speak with certainty about whether their ideas come directly from God. Run away from people who say their idea must have been from God because it made no sense.