For some of us that our Christians, this meme is pretty disturbing. It mocks Christianity. Yet, at the same time, there is truth in the meme about how our world operates. To the logical mind, and to most “systems”, Christianity is absurd. The great Christian apologist, Tertullian has this to say about the gospel:
“The Son of God was crucified; I am not ashamed because men must needs to be ashamed of it. And the Son of God died; it is by all means to be believed, because it is absurd. And He was buried, and rose again; the fact is certain, because it is impossible.” (Randal Rauser – What’s So Confusing About Grace)
So, Christianity on a deeper level is subversive to the way of life that this world operates. The Apostle Paul says this about the “absurd message of the gospel”:
18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but it is God’s power to us who are being saved. 19 For it is written:
I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and I will set aside the understanding of the experts.[c]
20 Where is the philosopher?[d] Where is the scholar? Where is the debater of this age? Hasn’t God made the world’s wisdom foolish? 21 For since, in God’s wisdom, the world did not know God through wisdom, God was pleased to save those who believe through the foolishness of the message preached. 22 For the Jews ask for signs and the Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Gentiles.[e] 24 Yet to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is God’s power and God’s wisdom, 25 because God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength. (1 Cor. 1:18-25)
As I was reading at lunch. It dawned on me how absurd my faith is, and that truly doing what Jesus commanded about how to love others is beyond my own strength. That would be turning the other cheek when wronged instead of fighting for my rights, sacrificing for others to the point of death (even those that I don’t like), walking the extra mile, helping those in need, loving others that are difficult to love till it hurts. According to Thor who wheels a hammer, “might is right”, and only the strong survive”. This is the opposite of the gospel.
Yet, according to the bible, “Christ crucified is God’s power and God’s wisdom”. So I ask myself, what does Christ crucified look like in my life? How have I lived the gospel message that Paul is preaching to the Corinthians above? Have I turned the other cheek? Have I loved my neighbor as myself? Have I love my enemies as myself? How can God’s mercy through the cross permeate through my life? These are questions that I ask myself daily.