The epistle lesson for this Sunday comes from I Corinthians 1:20. “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?”
This passage reaffirms for us that the knowledge and salvation of God does not ultimately come from our own human effort or reason but from the revealed knowledge of God given on the cross. It is on the cross of Jesus that God reveals himself and shows us salvation, redemption and hope because of Jesus’, his death and resurrection. It is from this revealed knowledge of God on the cross that we learn what God is like (God is love) and what his intentions are towards us (he wants all to come to a saving knowledge of Him and be in relationship with Him). From the cross comes knowledge and wisdom towards salvation.
But does this mean that the rest of the knowledge and wisdom we gain in this world should be put on a shelf and forgotten about or as some say when you go to church check your brain at the door.
Of course not! God created us mind, body and soul, rational and thinking beings who can explore and learn God’s rational and ordered world and universe. The pursuits of the mind and the heart are a wonderful way of worshipping the Lord and all that he has made. Just go ahead and ask some of the most distinguished scientist in the world, like Dr. Francis Collins who mapped the human genome, is the director of the National Institutes of Health and is an orthodox and faithful Christian if he checked his mind at the church door. Of course not, God made us whole beings and it is as whole beings God call us to worship Him, with all that He has given us.
But to know God’s redeeming will for humanity we must start at the cross and follow where God leads bringing with us all that we are to explore all that God has made.