“25 Abruptly Jesus broke into prayer: “Thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth. You’ve concealed your ways from sophisticates and know-it-alls, but spelled them out clearly to ordinary people. 26 Yes, Father, that’s the way you like to work.””
1 Peter 3:13-17 (NIV)
“13 Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, 16 having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.”
The sophisticates and know-it-alls. In the NIV translation it reads “you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children”. I wonder if it was hidden or seeing it demanded too much from those who think they know too much, demanded too much from their ego, too much from their learned patterns, to much from their security of what they know. There’s a lot of investment there that would need to be scrapped, discarded, or conflicted with the words of Christ and the way of God. It is easier to ignore it or fight it. After all, at the end of the day we count on faith – you can’t use the ultimate object you are pointing to to prove itself, so it takes faith that the ultimate object is in fact the ultimate object.
Christ makes radical claims about how He wants things done to please Him and God, the way things have to go if we are to have the life that is promised – joyous, free, content, secure, just, etc. The world is far from those things today.
Maybe it’s time to go back to the beginning and see if we don’t think we know too much. I’ll keep shouting, keep pushing, keep being a zealot for Christ and at the end of the day we’ll know who knows more.