Tuesday, September 13, 2005
God's Own Fool
I was listening to some of my old CD's today while painting our new house, and I stuck in Michael Card's Joy in the Journey. It got to one song in particular called "God's Own Fool" that I especially like, and I was reminded of how this song actually helped set me on the path of embracing a more "postmodern" approach to faith, i.e. a faith that transcends rationality and our human ability (or inability rather) to have absolute proof and absolute certainty. See if you can tell how these lyrics may have led me to those kinds of thoughts:

God's Own Fool

Seems I've imagined Him all of my life
As the wisest of all of mankind
But if God's Holy wisdom is foolish to men
He must have seemed out of His mind

For even His family said He was mad
And the priests said a demon's to blame
But God in the form of this angry young man
Could not have seemed perfectly sane

When we in our foolishness thought we were wise
He played the fool and He opened our eyes
When we in our weakness believed we were strong
He became helpless to show we were wrong
And so we follow God's own fool
For only the foolish can tell-
Believe the unbelievable
And come be a fool as well

So come lose your life for a carpenter's son
For a madman who died for a dream
And you'll have the faith His first followers had
And you'll feel the weight of the beam
So surrender the hunger to say you must know
Have the courage to say I believe
For the power of paradox opens your eyes
And blinds those who say they can see

So we follow God's own Fool
For only the foolish can tell
Believe the unbelievable,
And come be a fool as well
posted by Mike Clawson at 10:13 PM | Permalink |


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