Wednesday, July 09, 2003

Edifier du Jour-1 Corinthians 4:6-10
6 Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively applied to myself and Apollos for your sakes, so that in us you may learn not to exceed what is written, so that no one of you will become arrogant in behalf of one against the other. 7 For who regards you as superior? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it? 8 You are already filled, you have already become rich, you have become kings without us; and indeed, I wish that you had become kings so that we also might reign with you. 9 For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men condemned to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men. 10 We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are prudent in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are distinguished, but we are without honor.
That last part of this passage hit home, reminding me of how the world treats churches; the more they compromise and water-down their faith, the better the world likes them. A "distinguished" pastor in the eyes of the public is typically one who has cast his lot with the secular culture. Few, if any, orthodox believers will get any props from the media. Paul is laying on the sarcasm rather thick here; fast forward two millennia, and it is the Corinthians who are looked down upon for their decadence and ego. Following the Lord may not be the best worldly career move, but it has one heck of a retirement plan.

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