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.
19 For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”
20Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21For 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. 22Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.
This passage has been in my mind a lot recent, and never more so than today. Jade Goody died early this morning, after a very public life and a very public dying. She has been mocked and villified for many things, foolishness and ignorance amongst them. In her last weeks, her profession of faith and her baptism might seem foolish to many; the last clutching at straws of a dying woman, but clinging to the cross is never foolish in God’s eyes.
27But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.