"For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: 'I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.'" (1 Corinthians 1:18, 19, NIV)
How appropriate that one of my Bible readings today is our text. Open Doors' Prayer Force for today requests prayer for young Christians in Indonesia who "are torn between education and Christianity." I could save them an awful lot of time and consternation, more importantly, so could our Lord Jesus Christ: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate." It would be conservative to say that the vast majority of the universities and grad schools across the Globe are full of stupid, self-centered, egotistical fools. Their philosophy rejects, "lean not to your own understanding."
America's recent election did exactly the same thing, "....the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate." I cannot take the time here to tell you the depths of the fulfillment of this, what I see going on in America at this time. The article which I sent to you earlier today is a very telling article about the recent elections. I also mentioned a "prophetic word" which "developed" yesterday during our church service. Something recently "broke" in the heavenly realm; I am absolutely convinced of this. It was/is much like the Daniel 10 revelation, "And now I must return to fight with the prince of Persia; and when I have gone forth, indeed the prince of Greece will come." I can tell you that "the prince" assigned to The United States of America has been dealt a significant blow. It was the Church who did this, not only here in America, but also around the world.
The haters of, "the message of the Cross," those who hate and despise Jesus Christ, His Church and Kingdom, however, will not give up the fight. Never, ever be so complacent and naive to think and live otherwise. "The message of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing...," and, "perishing," they are. Moreover, Biblical Theology tells us that it is even more than, "....foolishness to those who are perishing...." To the, "perishing," Jesus Christ, Who Is, "the message of the cross," is a threat, a nemesis to be destroyed, eradicated. What is going on in the streets of America at this time is not a hatred of President Trump, but rather a virtual demonstration of the hatred of Jesus Christ, His Cross, His Blood, His Death, His Resurrection, and His Glorious Second Appearing. Think of the evil and the propagators of that evil who are now full of rage, doing all they can to see the culture of death, which has arisen and prevailed in America over the last 50+ years, continue to prevail in American culture.
"....but to us who are being saved," what the present evil age calls, "foolishness," is in the reality realm, "....the power of God." In Luther's words, "His Truth abideth still." I have exhorted, and will continue to exhort, that we all look at "the big picture" in what has transpired and in what is going on in the US now. There is a "disguised" evil which America has rejected. I could go on. Personally, however, I'll take, "....the power of God," over, "the intelligence of the intelligent,"------------- any time, all the time.
Father, in Jesus' Name, I ask for, "more grace," to navigate these days. Amen.
- Pastor Woody Barnette