Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don’t see many of "the brightest and the best" among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these "nobodies" to expose the hollow pretensions of the "somebodies"? 1 Corinthians 1:22-25 (TM)
I was recently listening to a lecture series on the History of Christianity. The professor told of some of the horrendous tortures and "investigative techniques" that the Romans inflicted on the early Christians. What stuck out to me is that they sounded very similar to the same twisted horrors that the institutional church would inflict on "enemies of the faith" in the Inquisition. The hunted become the hunters. The heretics become the authorities. The "nobodies" become the "somebodies".
I read these verses this morning and I asked myself if the description of the believers in Corinth describes the people I see in my church and community. I’ve got to be honest. For the most part, it does not. The people in the pews of my church are among the best and brightest and the most influential of our community. I don’t disparage this fact. It’s wonderful that they count themselves as believers (Paul, the writer of this letter to the believers of Corinth, was among the best and brightest himself).
I do, however, wonder if we’ve become the ones doing the overlooking and exploiting of societies "nobodies." Are we now the "somebodies" with the hollow pretentions? How do I live out the Message of Jesus to the "nobodies" around me and keep the good news of love and grace real for those who need it most?