Matthew 10.32-33 – Being holy fools for Christ’s sake.
Posted: 1 March 2012 in Matthew

“Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.”

I suppose the difficulty we experience in allowing ourselves to be holy fools will, in large measure, depend upon the extent to which our sense of self worth depends upon the world’s approval. If we define ourselves in terms of (say) our success as a great computer programmer, and if, in order to climb the career ladder, we need the recommendation of our boss – who just happens to be a fairly militant atheist, then we might be tempted to play down our commitment to Christ. But if, on the other hand, we identify ourselves primarily in terms of our relationship to God and his word, it will be relatively easy to sit light to the opinion of the world and its spokesmen.

Being fools for Christ’s sake does not mean that we must put our brains in the deep freeze, or ignore evidence from extra biblical sources, such as science, but it does mean that we must be prepared to live with the scorn a world which has little time for God or his word. If we would disdain from being holy fools in that sense, the following passage from Ezekiel warns of the consequences for ourselves.

When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul. (Ezekiel 3.18-19)

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