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I stole the word idiocracy from Mike Judge’s film of the same name – about a future where society has become so dumbed down that an average person today is now the smartest. In Mike Judge’s world, the term meant “governing by idiots.”
I’m using the word, not because followers of God are idiots, but because we are fools: or at least we should be. And “foolocracy” doesn’t sound as good.
It has been the temptation from the very start for followers of Jesus Christ to seek respectability, forgetting that we are following the very personification of God’s Foolishness. Is there anything more foolish then making an offering of your only son to the same people who have shown again and again that they have a hard time doing what you ask of them?
And God’s offering of Jesus to the world is not out of the ordinary: it is the culminating act in a whole history of foolish behavior going back giving us the freedom to obey or disobey in the garden.
The point, though, for us is not to trying figure out why God has been so foolish, but to see how we can be foolish in our own way. It is God’s foolishness that gives us the joy of knowing Jesus Christ: our foolishness can help do the same for another.