1 Corinthians 1:27 (and with Respect to Miz)
“Have a bit of common sense” – it’s what my Mum always used to shout at me, particularly after I’d done something stupid. It’s something Lou still says to me (and Liam) when we still do foolhardly or ill-thought out things.
It’s as though Common Sense is what we all have to achieve… But I want to tell you about a Man who embraced the Uncommon Sense, and who made such a difference to the world by swimming against that tide. Uncommon Sense is perhaps what will make such a difference.
As Einstein said “Common sense is but the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen”
Common Sense is toeing the line and falling in with everyone else, even when you have the sneaking suspicion it is wrong. Common Sense sends us into senseless wars and encourages us to turn our backs on those in need.
Common Sense tells us through the media that we are inadequate, ugly or style-less but the pain can be removed by this next purchase – a BMW or Olay’s wrinkle cream or the latest trainers
Common Sense propels people to sacrifice their homes, their families and their lives to work ridiculous hours to buy stuff to make them happy, and when the jobs aren’t there, this common sense concludes that you are worthless.
Common Sense is health and safety, people suing each other and the 4 page EULA that you have to agree to before you watch a DVD or install a game or (it would seem) be allowed to cross the road
This sense doesn’t seem very sensible to me. Maybe we need a different tack, a new view, an Uncommon Sense.
So what is Uncommon Sense?
Uncommon Sense is when you take the plunge and aim to work less in order to begin enjoying life more
Uncommon Sense is when a US soft drink company called Jones Soda aims to take on the largest brand in the world by launching drinks such as “Turkey & Gravy flavoured” sodapop.
Uncommon Sense challenges the selfish notions of money-grabbing and looking after number one and values what you can do the make the world and those who live in it a better place.
Uncommon Sense gave us John Lennon, Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King and many more individuals who had the bravery to make a decision, take the risk and stand up for what they believed in – the power of the creative individual
Uncommon Sense encouraged Radiohead to give away their album for free – or as much as the downloaders were willing to pay for it, and which earned them a fortune.
Uncommon Sense is at the heart of what the Man taught – the stand up not for what society craves: power, money and sex, but for values which place God at the heart of our lives – where others are valued, supported and loved; regardless of how they look, live or even behave.
The Man came amongst us not to condemn the world but to save it (John 3:17), through the transforming message of hope and love.
In a world polluted by “Common Sense” this seems weird, wrong, upside down. In a world that points to God, it is the only way.
Paul, a man who had to take a long hard look at his own life, told the people of Corinth:
But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.
1 Corinthians 1:27
Being a Christian is not an act of weakness. In the face of the world’s hostility, it requires an act of great strength. To withstand the mickey-takes and the snide remarks on the playground or the work place requires real inner strength. The world says one thing, faith calls for something more transformative, more subversive, more counter-cultural, more uncommon.
If you want to be really different, really uncommon, then follow Christ, and help make Uncommon Sense make a difference in this world.