If we’re going to be fools, however, let’s make sure that we are “fools for Christ’s sake” (). The world already has enough of every other kind of fool. The wisdom that makes us seem like fools to the world is the wisdom of the Cross. “The word of the Cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God… Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? …it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe… For the foolishness of God is wiser than men…” (-25). Note first that those who regard Christians as fools (and the Cross as foolish) are “those who are perishing,” and we do not want to be in that crowd. Those who are “foolish” enough to believe in a crucified Redeemer are being saved by the power of God. Thus, in the end, the wisdom of the world, insofar as it ridicules the Gospel of Christ, will be shown to be the real folly. God loved us to the point of folly by sending his Son to humble Himself and suffer death on the Cross, and this will be manifested as the most profound wisdom.
But what does a fool for Christ do, aside from believing in the wisdom of God and the Cross? (I speak here of ordinary “fools for Christ,” not that specific category of saints who feigned madness in order live prophetic lives in word and act. That is rare charism and, given some of their incomprehensible antics,
Would you like to become a fool? Are you up to it? Let the world say what it will, but we who believe in the foolishness of the Cross are being saved by the power of God.