Here’s to the Crazy Ones, and the Foolishness of the Gospel

No matter what kind of computer or phone you use, the challenge of history is to be one of those types of people. Here is the text of the ad written by Rob Siltanen,

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

Barbara Brown Taylor cites Jesus as one of those people. She wrote,

Jesus died because he would not stop being who he was and who he was was very upsetting. He turned everything upside down. He allied himself with the wrong people and insulted the right ones. He disobeyed the law. He challenged the authorities who warned him to stop. The government officials warned him to stop. The religious leaders warned him to stop. And when he would not stop, they had him killed, because he would not stop being who he was.
At any point along the way, he could have avoided the cross… He could have stopped being who he was, but he did not. When the soldiers showed up in the garden to arrest him, he did not disappear into the dark. He stepped into the light of their torches and asked them whom they were looking for. “Jesus of Nazareth,” they answered him, and he said, “I am he.”

In his letter to the church in Corinth, Paul described the early followers of Jesus as congregations of the foolish. He wrote,

Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong…

Followers of Jesus are called to be those crazy ones, those misfits, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. It is for them and about them that I wrote, Out of The Crowd. It’s only for the brave…

To see inside, click the cover…

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