Summary: Let's look at the foolishness of Christmas and see just how wise it really is. The foolishness of God is very simply the foolishness of love. True love tends to be foolish for it takes risks.
A large number of life's greatest blessings start out as stupid, moronic foolishness in the
eyes of many people. This was the case with Samuel Morse, a pastor's son and an artist who
left his art for a new idea. He thought that a message could be sent by means of electricity.
He labored for years in lonely obscurity living alone and cooking his own meals. After 4
years he had a working model of the telegraph. In 1837 he applied for a patent but nobody
was interested in such nonsense. He tried in England, France and Russia but foolishness was
not popular anywhere. He finally got the chance to demonstrate his contraption before
President Van Buren, his cabinet and leading scientist. They all too, considered it much ado
about nothing. For 5 years he labored to improve his instrument and finally got a grant
from congress to make an experimental line. It was considered such an idiotic project that
some congressman failed to get re-elected because they voted to support this lunatic fringe
idea. On May 24, 1844, the test was ready for sending a message from Washington to
Baltimore and back. A text of Scripture was sent and back came the historic reply, "What
hath God wrought!"
Morse the moron became more the genius over night and the world over he was famous
and honored. As a man of God, he gave all the glory to God. He said, "It is all of God. He
used me as His hand in all this. I am not indifferent to the rewards of earth and the praise of
fellow men, but I am more pleased with the fact that my Father in heaven has allowed me to
do something for Him and His world....unto God be all the glory."
The birth of the electronic age of communication was a gift of God to modern man. But
man in his supposed wisdom considered it pure foolishness until he saw it's valued
consequences. There are numerous examples of this in the realm of science and literature
and the arts. Many of the great hero of history were are first considered fools and unworthy
of serious thought. The greatest example of this in all of history is God himself. God's ways
are so different from the ways of human wisdom that when man first considers them they
seem like foolishness.
This may sound like radical language but it is not my choice for effect, it is the language of
Paul. The Greek word he used in I. Cor.1:25 for the foolishness of God is moron. This was
one of Paul's favorite words. It is used to all it's forms 23 times in the New Testament and 14
of that 23 are by Paul. All the other 9 are from the lips of Jesus. So Paul and Jesus are the
two New Testament authorities on the moronic foolishness of life. Paul is especially fond of
this word in this letter of First Corinthians, for of his 14 uses of the word, 10 of them are
right here in this one epistle.
Paul is so intent on the contrast between the foolishness of God and the wisdom of men
that he considers it an honor to be one of God's morons. In 4:10 he says, "We are fools for
Christ". He uses the word morons. In 318 he urges the Corinthians to become fools or
morons in order to be wise. Paul goes out of his way over and over again to stress that the
ways of God in the eyes of the worldly wise are just plain foolishness. Now what does all this
have to do with Christmas?
Christmas is the being of the foolishness and weakness of God that ended on the cross. The
resurrection was the great transition. It was the smartest thing God ever did through His
Son. It was wisdom and power. This was more like it for a God-sheer genius and awesome
power. But the story of Jesus in His birth to the cross-the Incarnation and the Crucifixion:
these were events of madness and folly. These were the foolishness and weakness of God.
The whole story of Jesus is going backwards and instead of from rags to riches, it is a
riches to rags story. The wisdom of the world says you move from weakness to power. The
goal of life is to get more not less. You labor and fight to climb higher in status and power.
You move from being poor to being rich. That is the flow of life, from less to more.
Now we come along with the story of an all powerful God with riches beyond the wildest
dreams of earthly men. He has infinite resources and yet He comes up with a plan whereby