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. 19 For it is written:

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;

    the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”

20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.

You only have to watch most ‘intellectual’ type programmes on television, or listen to the majority of highly academic sounding programmes on the radio to realise that worldly wisdom does not, in and of itself, lead people to God. God Himself has deigned it to be so.

Last Friday afternoon, at one point, we were parked just around the corner from where a man lived who, many years ago, started to attend the ‘Elim’ church in Wigan and was converted. His wife was a friend of my mum’s and no doubt a number of people had been praying for him. He was a scientist, a non-believer, a worldly-wise man. But oh the joy of hearing that he was reading C.S.Lewis, and to watch him in his new found faith.

People of the world may regard the gospel as folly. But it is through such “foolishness” that people still do come to Christ.

Thanks be to God.