Unicorns and the Gospel of Christ
I’m preaching this at the North County Christian School chapel tomorrow, from 1 Corinthians 1:18. Pray that God will cause the students to see that commitment to Christ cannot be halfhearted, and that the cost of following Christ is high but entirely worth it.
For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing. What’s the word of the cross? The gospel. Who are the perishing? Those who are unbelievers. What do they think of the gospel? They think it’s foolishness.
Nobody respects what they think is foolish. There is no honor or reputation in identifying yourself with something that others think is foolish. I mean, when was the last time you saw someone get all fired up about unicorns?
If I were to come up to you, look you straight in the eye, and then with absolute sincerity, all honesty, and a forthright passion say, “Let me tell you about something. And this is really exciting. This is what my life is all about. There are two different types of unicorns. There are red unicorns and blue unicorns. And we can tell a lot about these different types of unicorns by their color. You see, we know that the blue unicorns live in cool climates because a certain plant that only grows in cold climates turns their skin blue. And the red ones, we know they live in the tropics because their red skin tone protects them from constant exposure to the sun’s rays.”
I mean, what would you think? I don’t care how many times you’ve seen the Charlie the Unicorn Trilogy. You’d think I was nuts.
And according to Paul who says, “The word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing” the gospel doesn’t sound any different to those who have not repented of their sins and come to saving faith in Christ. The gospel–the fact that human beings are sinful by nature, that God Himself was crucified on a cross, that our sins were transferred onto Him and His righteousness was transferred to us by that death, that He conquered death through His resurrection–is unicorn talk to those who don’t believe.
If you’re looking for respect, if you’re looking to be cool, if you’re looking to be considered intelligent by men, then the gospel isn’t for you. Because the truth of the gospel is completely foolish to those who are perishing. And they’re going to think you’re nuts for believing it.