Drinking Deeply

Thursday, November 13, 2008 at 9:06 PM

God choose the nerds and the dorks to shame the cool kids

Whenever I walk into a room and see a group of people, I immediately size up the group. What conversation do I want to join? Who seems to be most interesting (or best looking)? Whose company do I enjoy most?

James 2 comes in and really blows this all to shreds -

2:1 My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. 2 For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, 3 and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” 4 have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? 5 Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? 6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court? 7 Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called?
Now, the issue for me isn't as much about rich versus poor, but I think the passage is just as applicable. The issue is the heart motive - do we judge one another and make unbiblical distinctions? Do we favor people in an attempt to get something out of them? That's what the world tells us. At Stanford, the common refrain is, "you're brushing shoulders with the future leaders of America, make sure you make the right connections, be good friends with the right people."

But as Christians, we live differently. We're not here to impress the rich and famous, to make the right friends, we live in faith of Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory (v.1), and He's the one we ought to seek to please. That means we visit the widows and orphans, that means we throw the parties for the beggars, that means we take the effort to sit with the nerds and the dorks, the ones that are so awkward that no one really wants to befriend them lest they too be seen as social outcasts.

And I say this not as a nerd/dork hoping for more friends, but as a sinner, who secretly doesn't want to be labeled with that crowd. But what's so bad about about being associated with them? Why do I fear the judgment of fallen men more than I desire the praise of my glorious King?

1 Corinthians 1
26 For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 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; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31 so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

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