Humble Boldness

March 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

“For the message of the cross is foolishness…  For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength” (1 Corinthians 1:18-25).  In his classical account of the Christian faith’s challenge in a western post-Christendom era, “Foolishness To The Greeks”, Lesslie Newbigin writes:

“…the courage to hold and to proclaim a belief that cannot be proved to be true in terms of the axioms of our society…  Our modern scientific culture has pursued the ideal of a completely impersonal knowledge of a world of so-called facts that are simply there, that cannot be doubted by rational minds, and that constitute the real world as contrasted with the opinions, desires, hopes, and fears of human beings, a world in which the words purpose and value have no meaning.”  In such a world, he says, “the church needs to be very humble in acknowledging that it is itself only a learner, and it needs to pay heed to all the variety of human experiences in order to learn in practice what it means that Jesus is the King and Head of the human race.  But the church also needs to be very bold in bearing witness to him as the one who alone is that King and Head.”

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