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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

#11 - Insane

This poem has been a reminder to not worry about what people think about me when I am doing what is right. I may be called a fool for walking by faith, but so was Jesus! I especially like the last stanza of this poem.
“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. For it is written: ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.’ Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know Him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 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

Insane

They grouped Him with the demons,
And labeled Him insane—
The man who for a brother
Would scoff at any pain!

A love that banished greedy men,
And bites at all our sin;
That carried Him upon the cross
And tore His fragile skin—

He walked out on the stormy sea,
The danger He ignored,
And took the cross though just a word
Could bring an angel horde!

Through human eyes His life appears
To be insanity,
But He came here in violent love
To save humanity;

So I will toss this world away,
And be like Him—insane—
And find that when this life is lost
A home with God is gained!

6 Comments:

Blogger Rebekah Isaak said...

Hey Benjamin, I like your writing, your words are so alive. Thanks for sharing! I suppose this may sound silly, but did you by any chance live in PA during high school or college?

1:27 AM  
Blogger Brianna C. said...

That's great- loved the last stanza. It's great to be insane! :-)

6:57 AM  
Blogger Benjamin Graber said...

It's great to be insane!

To be insane as Christ is, is to be free - it is wonderful!!! :-)

9:11 AM  
Anonymous Grace said...

So I will toss this world away,
And be like Him—insane—
And find that when this life is lost
A home with God is gained!


So very, very true! What else is there worth striving for in this world but a relationship with Jesus Christ? The verses you shared are very powerful and a great reminder that no human intellect will be able to reason anyone to a belief in God. It's the Holy Spirit working that draws people to God.

As for me, I've been called crazy and stupid for choosing to live the way I do, but I just smile and say, "I'm glad to be the way that I am."

10:08 AM  
Blogger Benjamin Graber said...

It's the Holy Spirit working that draws people to God.

That is very true, and I think that because of that we need to be careful to point people to Christ instead of trying to use intellect to save them. God gave us brains to use, yes, but we need to remember that it is not logic that saves us, it is Christ.

10:21 AM  
Anonymous Grace said...

^^ Amen! =D

10:31 AM  

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