Two Minutes with the Bible

Is Our Wisdom Foolishness?
Cornelius R. Stam
September 27, 1964

That moon shot was really something! Just think: we hit the moon, right on target, took 4,319 pictures on the way, as close as 1,000 feet and all in extraordinary detail, so that we now have pictures of the moon 1,000 times sharper than any previously taken!

How proud many of us feel now! How wise and great we Americans are! Yet, now that our achievement is a few weeks old, let's look at it again in the light of the whole picture of American life--and in the light of the Bible.

Let's face it: America is perhaps the most violent "civilized" nation on earth--and we can't seem to curb the rapid growth in crime.

Our women dare not walk the streets at night in many of our larger cities--and none of us dare walk through some localities. From shoplifting to armed robbery, from intoxication to dope addiction, from assault to murder, crime in America has risen to an all-time high--and is rising faster all the time.

What good will it do us to achieve landings on the crust of the moon in, say, six or eight years, if in the meantime we dissipate our moral strength in dishonesty, immorality, vice and crime?

It is in this very connection that St. Paul wrote by inspiration of God: "For the preaching of the cross is to those who perish foolishness; but unto us who are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent" (1 Cor. 1:18.19).

The world, with all its wisdom, cannot save itself. It is only Christ's death on the cross that can save, for there our sins were paid for, that we might be "justified freely by God's grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus" (Rom. 3:24).

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