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In which God uses the "foolish" things to confound the "wise"

There was this TV preacher that I sort of, um, hated.

Like, I would see his face on the TV or grinning from yet-another-bestseller on the rack at the Barnes and Noble and want to shriek words like “heresy!” and “false teacher!” and “step away from the teeth whitener and the self tanner, for the love of all that is holy!”

It amazed me that people like him were even on television.  I railed against his popularity, convinced that it was spelling the downfall of the western church. I judged the people in his mega church as shallow seekers of feel-good entertainment. Clearly they were not as enlightened and wise as I was (clearly). I thought he was a weak teacher at best, a heretical charlatan using the Gospel for his own personal gain (and a jet) at worst. Why settle for pablum when there is meat available?

And then one day, a friend called. This was a friend that had been on the receiving end of decades of prayer, witnessing and “reaching out” on our part. We had done everything properly with great sensitivity. All to no avail.

But he called because, guess what! Just last night, he had decided to follow Jesus!

His whole life had changed! God is real! He was completely changed, full of life! This is amazing! How did I not understand before this?

That’s wonderful, friend! But…. how did this happen?

Well, one day, he was watching TV…. and came across this TV preacher – had I ever heard of him? Because he is a man of God and suddenly it all made sense, everything.

Of course, it was that exact same TV preacher.

And I listened to my friend, full of joy, recount how he understood now what we had been trying to say but somehow this just made sense. There is happiness and peace here, look at all of these people learning, too.

Would I mind telling him the name of a book that this preacher had written? He’d like to start to read his Bible but he wants to do it with help from this wonderful man of God, the one who helped him to understand and opened his heart to Jesus.

Isn’t it just amazing that there are people like this man on television? 

I found myself wanting to buy the book – in hardcover with glossy white teeth grinning out  - for him.

And my wisdom felt like judgement ash in my own mouth.

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In which God uses the "foolish" things to confound the "wise"

There was this TV preacher that I sort of hated.

Like, I would see his face on the TV or grinning from yet-another-bestseller on the rack at the Barnes and Noble and want to shriek words like “heresy!” and “false teacher!” and “step away from the teeth whitener and the self tanner, for the love of all that is holy!”

It amazed me that people like him were even on television.  I railed against his popularity, convinced that it was spelling the downfall of the western church. I judged the people in his mega church as shallow seekers of feel-good entertainment. Clearly they were not as enlightened and wise as I was (clearly). I thought he was a weak teacher at best, a heretical charlatan using the Gospel for his own personal gain (and a jet) at worst. Why settle for pablum when there is meat available?

And then one day, a friend called. This was a friend that had been on the receiving end of decades of prayer, witnessing and “reaching out” on our part. We had done everything properly with great sensitivity. All to no avail.

But he called because, guess what! Just last night, he had decided to follow Jesus!

His whole life had changed! God is real! He was completely changed, full of life! This is amazing! How did I not understand before this?

That’s wonderful, friend! But…. how did this happen?

Well, one day, he was watching TV…. and came across this TV preacher – had I ever heard of him? Because he is a man of God and suddenly it all made sense, everything.

Of course, it was that exact same TV preacher.

And I listened to my friend, full of joy, recount how he understood now what we had been trying to say but somehow this just made sense. There is happiness and peace here, look at all of these people learning, too.

Would I mind telling him the name of a book that this preacher had written? He’d like to start to read his Bible but he wants to do it with help from this wonderful man of God, the one who helped him to understand and opened his heart to Jesus.

Isn’t it just amazing that there are people like this man on television? 

I found myself wanting to buy the book – in hardcover with glossy white teeth grinning out  - for him.

And my wisdom felt like judgement ash in my own mouth.

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3 Responses to In which God uses the "foolish" things to confound the "wise"

  1. gromet February 1, 2013 at 10:16 pm #

    wow, so you’re perfect?

  2. Courtney Stovall February 20, 2014 at 10:37 pm #

    When i get that feeling, i try to remember/do the following:
    - Gods ways/thoughts are not like ours therefore, HE CAN DO WHAT HE WANTS. He chooses whom he uses.
    - God put coins in the fishes mouth. Weird, yeah, but HE CAN DO WHAT HE WANTS.
    - God used a prostitute to save his people. HE CAN DO WHAT HE WANTS
    soooo…
    When it seems crazy to me I MUST follow his word &
    Seek wisdom & discernment, cast my.cares on him & in ALL thy (my) getting, get.understanding.

    Amen

  3. Courtney Stovall February 21, 2014 at 6:49 am #

    Ummm… “grommet”, surely that is not what you got out of my post. if it is I can only assume something is bothering you right now, so your response is negative no matter what it’s nothing personal. otherwise it & gives me the idea to pray for you because right now you’re not in the mode of that third step.
    would a perfect person have to count backwards from 10 if they were angry? Having to go to the steps is the equivalent. would a perfect person feel this way in the first place? the Bible instructs us to edify each other and help each other. that is the intent of the post my love. when you feel upset about something, or when something seems odd to you, yet God is still.working, these steps are helpful. we have to do well to work hard to do the things we need to do to keep from falling. I’m not perfect at all but I understand this: we will all make mistakes because the Bible says all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. but godly people occasionally get out of line however they do not live out of line. ungodly people live out of line and every now and then get in line. let’s live godly. have a blessed day amen

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