For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Cor. 1:18, NIV)
I wear a cross when I preach. I got into the habit the last few years of pastoring in Minneapolis. If I get chances to preach again, I will wear my Ethiopian wooden cross again. But, too often, I only have that as a symbol. The work of the cross is something else entirely.
We are bound too often by our cultural idols and seek out power and status over the work of the cross.
As I reflected on this verse today, though, I also began to jot down names of those through history, and those I currently know, who have understood the work of the cross and have gladly exchanged the paradigms to walk in the power of the Kingdom of God.
I can’t make a blanket statement like, “We don’t understand the meaning of the cross.” Not when I know people who walk in that power and the ideological battles of our culture are simply nothing to them any more.
The cross must have its work in us. The American Church needs this work in this hour. Let us not fail in this submission anymore.