In the Company of Fools

Atheism is popular right now.  Being offended at Christianity, and in particular ‘born again’ Christians, is becoming topical among many authors, intellectuals, journalists and social commentators.  Around us a chorus of disbelieving mockery grows increasingly influential as the offended voices of atheists grow louder and angrier by the day.  The Western world is seemingly separating into two camps, the intellectually wise, born to rule the world of course,  and the Christ-followers, at best deluded fools, at worst religious fanatics. The offence of the Cross has never been more obvious.

Truth be told there have been some very admirable fools in this company.  Consider Abram for instance. He left his home, his country and his religion to travel somewhere he didn’t know to find something he couldn’t see, muttering about looking for a city that didn’t exist.   Or take Simon bar Jonah, better known as Peter the Apostle.  He abandoned a thriving fishing business, a home with lakeside views to team up with a carpenter (rumoured to be illegitimate), who turned up on the beach one day, said “Follow me” and offered him nothing but trouble.   And let’s not forget Saul of Tarsus, up and coming brilliant theological scholar and probable candidate for the Jewish Sanhedrin.  After seeing a bright light (some say it was the mid-day sun),  and hearing a strange voice he discarded his very promising future to become a travelling preacher, enduring shipwrecks, whippings, imprisonment and finally beheading in the  name of a man who’d been crucified for blasphemy.

This list of fools continues throughout history to the present day.  I humbly but proudly admit my name has been added.  Yes, as far as the wise of this world are concerned, I am a fool.  I intend to remain so.  There are countless others who will stand beside me in my foolishness.

How did we become part of this prestigious company of fools?  We didn’t arrive at doctrinal consensus (some of us can’t even read);  we didn’t hold a worldwide conference and draft a manifesto (some of us couldn’t find our way out of a paper bag);  we didn’t elect a charismatic leader to tell us what to believe or who to trust (some of us have never even voted).  We simply placed our hope in a crucified Man. Simple really. There is still room in this company of fools. If you haven’t already done so, you are warmly invited to join us.  The odds may be against us but the Man has a plan that beats anything the atheists are offering.   Songwriter Graham Kendrick expresses it well:

I have placed all my hope in a Crucified Man
In the wounds in His side, His feet and His hands
I have traded my pride for a share in His shame
And the glory that one day will burst from His pain

I’ve abandoned my trust in the wise and the proud,
For this fragile, mysterious weakness of God
And I dare to believe in His scandalous claim
That His Blood cleanses sin for whoever will call on His Name
Live or die, here I stand,..
I’ve placed my hope in a Crucified Man

I believe as they beat on His beautiful face
He turned a torturer’s chair to an altar of grace,
Where the worst we can do met the best that God does
Where unspeakable hate met the gaze of unstoppable Love,
At the crux of it all there He hangs....
I’ve placed my hope in a Crucified Man

When the purest and best took the force of our curse,
Death’s victory armada juddered into reverse,
And either we bow or we stumble and fall
For the wisdom of suffering God has made fools of us all!
I gladly admit that I am....
but I’ve placed my hope in a Crucified Man

I have buried my life in the cold earth with Him
Like a seed in the winter I wait for the spring
From that garden of tombs Eden rises again
And Paradise blooms from His Body and never will end
He’ll finish all He began...
Creation hopes in a Crucified Man

When I stand at the judgment I have no other plan
I’ve placed my hope in a Crucified Man
Like the thief nailed beside Him I have no other plan....
I’ve placed my hope in a Crucified Man 

Graham Kendrick
Copyright © 2006 Make Way Music
www.grahamkendrick.co.uk



Categories: Life in Christ, The Cross

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2 replies

  1. amazing isn’t it, that we abandon so much for what the world perceives as so little, yet when you know Him – He is so much more than the world has to offer, great post, thanks Graeme

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