For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1: 18
Have you ever had a civil conversation about religion with an atheist? Most I have met want something that can be proven by science. For me, the proof of intelligent design is comparing an atom to the solar system. The basic design is similar if we look at the sun as a nucleus and the planets as electrons spinning around the center. I have yet to convince anyone, but it does give them something to think about and I keep trying.
The resurrection of Jesus is an even harder discussion. I’ve heard it called a myth and arguments it was a hoax. At this point there is usually some eye rolling, head shaking, and scoffing on their part, but I smile and explain the message of salvation and love. Thankfully, most do agree on the “do unto others” message.
In this verse, Paul is comparing the believers to the non-believers of Christ, although his letter was referring to the Greeks and Jews. They could not believe someone would be foolish enough to follow a man who was executed for his teachings in the shameful way of crucifixion.
But those of us who believe know that through this suffering our sins are forgiven. Because they are forgiven, we strive do better in our lives to live up to those expectations. And even though we all stray, because we are sinful people, God still forgives us because of our belief in Jesus Christ. The true power of the story of the cross is ultimate forgiveness.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for Your forgiveness and let our faith never waiver when we are faced with adversity and judgement. Help us to respond calmly and with grace when our beliefs are challenged. Put kind words on our lips during difficult discussions, no matter the topic, and help us find peace with those around us. Amen.