Recently, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away. He was the longest serving Justice; serving on the court from 1986 until his death. While he was labeled a conservative, he preferred to be known as an “originalist.” Antonin Scalia put a heavy emphasis on the original text of the U.S. Constitution in deciding his opinions. One of Scalia’s quotes was, “God assumed from the beginning that the wise of the world would view Christians as fools...and He has not been disappointed....If I have brought any message today, it is this: Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity. Be fools for Christ. And have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world.”
We live in a time when people feel free to call others “fools” if they do not agree with their view of philosophy. The Bible defines a “fool” in Psalm 14:1 “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.” God defines foolish as those that have chosen a corrupt path…a path that goes against God and his ways. Have we come so far that God and his word mean nothing? Believers today are looked upon with contempt when they stand for God and his principles. Our society perceives God as weak and inept yet his word says in Romans 14:11-12 “For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” Understand this: no one will escape the judgement of God. We will give an account of how we lived according to God’s guidelines not our own.
The privilege of sharing the gospel in the face of opposition, the privilege of standing for godly principles in the face of ridicule, and the privilege of claiming Jesus as my Savior give me peace in a world of turmoil. Counted as one with Christ…I can live with that. Enjoy your coffee.
Love you all,
Gary W. Hall, Pastor of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church.