What I Read Today;
1 Corinthians 1; Matthew 28; Ezekiel 22-23; Psalm 128 & 129;1 Chronicles 24-25; Numbers 18
Western civilization has changed considerably since the beginning of the 20th century. In the 1800s, a college education was generally reserved for the upper classes. Lower and middle classes were resigned to a fate of manual labor or were trained into a specific trade.
In the 1960s, an effort was made to allow more people in the lower and middle classes to seek a college degree. Pell grants and government-guaranteed student loans came into existence. Our high schools began moving away from trade programs like welding and auto mechanics. As the years progressed, high schools started moving towards Advanced Placement Courses and Honors programs to assist students in obtaining better college entry.
Employers began to place more and more emphasis on education, as well. Jobs which formerly required high school educations, such as police officer and water treatment operator, now were requiring bachelors degrees.
The idea was that as our society became better educated, we would become a better society. Hate and violence would reduce as the poor in our society lifted themselves out of poverty.
Fifty years later, the results aren’t proving the theory out, is it? As we’ve devalued the working-class jobs that used to sustain us, the divide between rich and poor has become even more pronounced. The middle class has grown smaller and smaller. Instead of growing closer as a society, we’ve now become more divided. The divide is now showing up in every facet of our lives.
While education is essential, it’s wisdom that we seem to be lacking.
Paul discusses this very problem in 1 Corinthians 1. God isn’t interested in your educational background. God is interested in your heart. God chooses the people who have a simple faith. A faith that trusts God to be God. God’s love for us inspires us to rejoice in the saving acts of Jesus Christ. Many today will proclaim that Jesus was an excellent teacher who had great ideas, but they will reject him as Savior. Intellectually, they simply can’t wrap their arms around the fact that God would send his own son to pay for our sins. It makes no sense. It is just that foolishness that Paul is talking about.
Knowledge is important. But a relationship with Jesus will make life complete, both here and in eternity.