Footnote 22 — Michael S. Horton, A Place For Weakness

Footnote 22 — Michael S. Horton, A Place For Weakness: Preparing Yourself For Suffering (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2006); digital edition; p. 23 of 194 – Location 163/172 of 2557.

“For at least a century and a half, American evangelism has spent great effort and money on public relations campaigns for Christianity …Famous athletes, politicians, entertainers, and other icons of popular culture are regularly trotted out as icons of grace.  Have you ever seen a janitor interviewed for his testimony?  … Would Paul have made a very good spokesman for “muscular Christianity” or for the other images of success so widely praised among us?

“We seem obsessed at times with convincing the world that we are cool, which especially in this culture means healthy, good-looking, prosperous, and even better, famous.  Not only can one remain cool in Christ; it is this personal relationship with Jesus Christ that, far from calling us to die, gives us that little bit extra to ‘be all we can be.’  [This worldview suggests that]  …Jesus came to recruit a team of all-stars and coach them to the Super Bowl of Better Living.”

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And Jesus answered them,“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”  —  Luke 5:31-32, ESV

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.  —  2 Corinthians 12:9-10, ESV

“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written,

‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.’

20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?  21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

26 For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.  30 And because of him[e] you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31 so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”  —  1 Corinthians 1:18-31, ESV

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