A COUNTRY BOY attended a formal dinner party. When the scalding-hot mashed potatoes touched his tongue, he spat them back out onto his plate. Looking up at the other guests, he said, “You know, some fools would have swallowed that.”
That’s evidently what folks in Corinth say when they hear Paul preaching about a crucified Christ [1 Corinthians 1:18-25]. Paul uses the word from which we get the word moron. The idea of a crucified savior is a contradiction in terms. You’d have to be a fool to believe it.
Paul says that some folks look for signs, miracles, or estoteric experiences. Others look for rhetorical wisdom that will confirm their assumptions or provide theological justification for their prejudices. But Paul dares to believe that the moronic word of the cross is God’s power that is stronger than human strength and God’s wisdom that is wiser than human knowledge.
– James A. Harnish
From page 61 of Easter Earthquake: How Resurrection Shakes Our World by James A. Harnish. Copyright © 2017 by James A. Harnish. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Psalm 51:7, NRSV
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