The Folly of God (and those who put their faith in him)

Sugar Maple trees

Sugar Maple trees

Yesterday the sun shone brightly and the temperature in Goshen was beginning to slowly warm. The snow was melting.  There were signs among the birds that spring is coming.  Sugar Maple trees are being tapped for their sap.  There was dense fog today.

Last Saturday my heart was warmed by the president’s historic speech commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the march across the bridge at Selma, Alabama for voting rights. We recorded it, and on Sunday afternoon I listened to it a second time with “My Joy” and a third time with my grandson on Sunday evening.

Non-violent marchers on what is known as bloody Sunday

Non-violent marchers on what is known as bloody Sunday

Fifty years ago the marchers advanced up the bridge without protection, but with hope that they could make a difference in Selma and the US.  The president has power, but some things he cannot do alone.  He and his hearers  hoped that they and young voters can make a difference, again.

foolish-wisdomOn Sunday morning, our pastor preached a sermon titled, “God’s Folly” on 1 Corinthians 1:18-25.  More than twenty years ago I tried to capture this truth in the “Ode to the Fool” posted on this website. Giving humankind free will and trusting us to manage the care of the earth seems like folly in retrospect. By his life and death, Jesus demonstrated how to save the world, not only the world of people, but the world we call “earth.”  Trusting his human disciples to save either world seems foolish.

I found the following benediction in the Goshen College Lenten Message:

 And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in the world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done to bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor. ~ Franciscan benediction

Melting snow; soil with green tint; promise of spring

Melting snow; soil with green tint; promise of spring

Melting snow reveals water soaked-brown soil with a slight tint of green that promises spring. Life waits beneath the snow of which we are weary.  Nature provides a seasonal metaphor for lent.

Under the frigged cold of racism, militarism, capitalism, and exclusion lies such revolutionary and latent powers as prayer for one’s enemies, feeding the hungry and non-violent resistance. Reinstatement of the Hyattsville congregation by Alegheny Conference is a hopeful sign for Mennonites.

I’ve just discovered that Pope Francis has demoted the US cardinal who is most vocal in his opposition to moves to adjust to the Lesbian and Gays emerging role in American life.

Please note Paul’s observation:   The foolishness of God (and of those who put their trust in him) is wiser that the wisdom of this world.

About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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3 Responses to The Folly of God (and those who put their faith in him)

  1. Jep says:

    Love it that you are still going strong, even this late at night. Now get some sleep.
    p.s. Really liked the benediction.

  2. jonas k stoltzfus says:

    the benedicton is a challenge to keep the faith and keep on doing what ever good things we are up to

  3. Miriam Showalter says:

    This is my favorite one yet. It seems a perfect summary of your long-term goal of being a fool. This is what hope looks like.

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