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I wonder what some people think of my faith. Actually, most of my friends are people of faith, although not all, and I have worked in the church all my adult life. My circle seems small against the backdrop of the rest of the world. But, I never shy away from the reality of who I am, and I know neighbors and acquaintances know about my faith and how heavily involved I am in it.
I would hope at least for respect. But, they just might think I am certifiably crazy! With the dominance of secularism and the popularity of atheism, I would not be surprised. Spending so much time at parish activities and flying around the country talking about Jesus must seem like a tremendous waste of time. During Lent and Easter, it gets even worse.
Paul explains to the Corinthians, “For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom.” Everyday stewards are foolish. If you are fortunate enough to have money, possessions, time for endless fun, and marketable talents, to talk about giving that all back to God seems crazy. But our detractors see only with human eyes. When looking through the eyes of faith, we see the greater reality. So Jesus thought he could rebuild the Temple in three days? He was insane! You think your daily walk with God will benefit anyone or anything more than running with the worldly pack? You are nuts!
As the world seemingly moves further from God, our foolishness stands out even more. But that is a blessing, because now our foolishness is even more relevant and profound. Just like Jesus in the Temple, and Paul preaching of a crucified Christ, our active faith has a huge impact. So, especially during Lent, let your foolishness stand out. Maybe some out there who want to be fools just need some encouragement and good role models.
-Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS © Liturgical Publications Inc.