My field of specialization is theological education. All of my professional career has been spent helping future and current leaders think critically, reason objectively and then apply their decisions to real life. This is my world: graduate education.
When a person enters the rigorous world to earn their Masters degree, they are intentionally pursuing a remarkable level of formal education. Learning will be a massive hurdle and intense challenge to their sou. Their objective is to then serve others with that heady background.
This is in large part, why it is frustrating to hear monologues, read blurbs or join in conversations where the basis of reasonableness, logic or theological coherence are void or corrupted. Why would people accept error that is obviously nothing more than flawed human opinion? How could good people settle for trite explanations or dismiss solid rationale with the mere wave of someone else’s loud opinion? Are humans so vulnerable?
In the daily struggle for human survival and the pursuit of truth how can we protect what is true? How can we listen to opinions and choice wisely what we will embrace? Even further, can we keep from parroting falsehood and spreading the empty words that mislead the minds of others?
Paul felt this very struggle. He lived in a day when false apostles gained popularity with their eloquence. They fed on the audience’s applause.
The Apostle called it foolishness when someone chose the path of a pompous self-centered egotist. Boasting is opposed to the humility that righteousness accompanies, always. Yet, Paul was making a facetious point with his method of writing to the Corinthians.
Since they were so caught up with the elocutionists of the day and their self-claims of credentials, he would play their game with the bravado of clarity that this was all foolish. By pedigree alone, Paul was superior to any of these braggarts. His life experience was so vast in his service for Christ that these competitor teachers had no reason to be even compared to him.
Instead, Paul elevates the qualities of holiness that should be treasured by believers, namely, weakness. Taking a lowly position is God’s way. Yet, even then surrounded by danger, God makes a way of escape for those who are called to His purposes. Paul is a living testimony to this. Think and reason beyond human experience. Analyze well what you hear people say and measure it against what God says is true.
2 corinthians 11.16-33