Blog Space of Rev. Adrian J. Pratt B.D, pastor at Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church, Ellicott City, MD

Monday, January 23, 2017

Foolish!

I wonder if you have seen the 2013 movie 'Saving Mr Banks'? It tells the story of how the classic movie "Mary Poppins" almost never made it to the screen.

Author P.L.Traver's had a great mistrust of corporate giants like the Disney studios. As the movie develops, details of her background reveal reasons for her reluctance, whilst Walt personally attempts to persuade her to allow him to make a Mary Poppins movie... something 20 years earlier, he had promised his daughters he would do as the books were his daughters favorite bedtime stories.

Here at Mount Hebron Presbyterian we are following a sermon series on “The Conundrums of Corinth (and their legacy in the church).” Last weeks sermon “Church United” can be found here.
My point of contact between the movie and this weeks scripture reading from 1 Corinthians1:18-31 comes through the word 'foolish'.

Some people would suggest that writing books for children may be a foolish endeavor. There were those who suggested such to P.L.Travers (and to J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series.) Others suggested to young Walt that drawing cartoon mice wasn't exactly the best way to invest your time. Animation was just too time consuming and expensive. And the idea of mixing animation with real life characters, well, that would never work!

It took twenty years for Walt to persuade Mrs. Travers to allow him to make a movie of her book. She had very strict requirements and insisted in being involved in every detail of the movies development. Some suggested that Walt just gave up... it was never going to happen.

In our scripture reading we find Paul writing "Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom,but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles". There were those in Paul's day who thought he had bitten off more than he could chew. People of different cultural, religious and philosophical understanding were not going to treat the message he proclaimed with any seriousness.

Today we find there are folk who belittle folks attempts to feed the hungry and bring justice to the poor. There are those who suggest that the church has had her day and that her message is nothing more than vain optimism and misguided superstition.

There were many in the time of Jesus who likewise treated His teaching as the utmost foolishness. Not only foolish. But dangerous nonsense that had to be stopped and needed to go away. The foolishness of His message continues to be an inspiration to countless numbers of people today.

So, dare to dream. Dare to dream that the little acts of kindness and gestures of love that reflect God's concern for us truly are making a Kingdom difference in today's hurting world. Embrace the foolishness of the gospel... and you may well confound those who think they are wise! Paul also writes in 1 Corinthians 3:19 “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. As the Scriptures say, "He traps the wise in the snare of their own cleverness." (New Living Testament)

Today my foolishness knows no bounds. It may not be your particular style of music, but the message fits nicely. Michael D'Aigle performs “Whose Fool Are You?

Rev Adrian J Pratt B.D.

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