April Fools Day is perhaps a good time to remember the Apostle Paul's statement, "For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God" (1 Corinthians 1:18). I've seen (and been a part of myself) much foolishness within the church for many years, so I want to begin by stating clearly that this is not an encouragement to further foolishness or an excuse for anti-intellectualism.
However, there is a sense of truth about the way that the cross goes against conventional wisdom. All of our social conditioning would lead us to understand that wealth, power and privilege are the recognised measures of success. How are we then to understand suffering and death to be a part of our salvation?
We begin by aligning ourselves, as Jesus did, with the poor and the disinherited. It is only from this perspective that we can start to comprehend Jesus' path to the cross. There is much to the Christian life that doesn't 'make sense' in the way the rest of the world exists: mercy, compassion, loving one's enemies - none of these are 'sensible' even if they appear to be admirable. It reminds me of the often quoted line of Blaise Pascal "The heart has its reasons, of which reason knows nothing". The cross may be foolishness, but sometimes such foolishness is the best path to follow.