1 Corinthians 1:18 – 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. (NIV)
1 Corinthians 4:10a – We are fools for Christ. (NIV)
One evening, I watched an old black and white movie called "The Misfits". It starred Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe in what turned out to be their very last movie. Both of them died soon after the film's release, so as I was watching the movie, I was looking for signs of illness and sickness. Instead, I was utterly captivated by their remarkable performances. Both of them played their characters in such a real way that I forgot that I was looking at actors and became entranced with their misfitting personalities. It takes great acting to do that, and at the end of the movie, I felt privileged to have seen two stars perform at their very best.
As Christians, we can all feel like misfits at times. The world seems to be going crazy, and our faith is looking outdated. The glory days are in the past, and our influence on society appears to be waning. Pop stars take delight in mocking our beliefs or decrying our faith, and celebrities denigrate people of faith, especially when church lifestyles and traditional Christian views conflict with their own. We're being made to feel like there is no room on earth for believers in Christ or worshippers of God anymore. We are said to be misfits who maintain their lives around manufactured myths and lying legends that have no place in today's sophisticated world.
And yet, we can take heart in the fact that the One we worship was treated in much the same way. He was born in a stable and laid in a feeding trough. He became a refugee in a strange land, and when He returned, He grew up in a backwater town, amongst the poorest of the poor. He was never fully accepted by His own people, and when He came to the capital city, they trussed Him up like a sacrificial beast and publicly impaled Him on a cross. He was God's Misfit to a world of misfits. And yet somehow, by the grace of God, He conquered sin and death, and inspired the lives of millions upon millions of people, who deem it an honour to be called misfits for God and fools for Christ.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, life isn't easy, and even for You, it was a tough road to endure. Sometimes, we get bewildered when the world becomes belligerent against our faith. Sometimes, we become confused when people with power, fame, and fortune castigate our Christian beliefs. Help us to remember that they did the same to You, but You overcame it all. Long after these fortune seekers and pop icons have turned to dust and their accomplishments are forgotten, Your name, Your work, and Your mission will still endure. In Your holy name, we pray. Amen.