Upside Down Thinking

“In a world where success is the measure and justification of all things the figure of Him who was sentenced and crucified remains a stranger and is at best the object of pity. The world will allow itself to be subdued only by success. It is not ideas or opinions which decide, but deeds. Success alone justifies wrongs done. . . . With a frankness and off-handedness which no other earthly power could permit itself, history appeals in its own cause to the dictum that the end justifies the means. . . . The figure of the Crucified invalidates all thought which take success for its standard” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer).

I believe the Bible talks about how the first shall be last, and the last shall be first. It also says that if you seek to save your life, you’ll lose it, but if you seek to give your life away, you’ll save it. The Apostle Paul speaks to how God chose the foolish to shame the wise, and the nobodies to shame the VIPs (or something to that effect). The mentality of the Kingdom of God is an upside down kind of thinking that doesn’t make sense to most of the world.

In fact, the very same Bible say that the message of the cross is foolishness to the world, but it is life and salvation to all who take it on faith and believe in it with everything they are. I guess you could say that it’s the world’s kind of thinking that is upside down, and the message of Christ and the cross is really turning things right-side up again.

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