A recent headline on my news reader trumpeted, “Religious people are less intelligent than atheists.” To which I respond, so what? I would even tend to agree that many of the things that “religious” people believe in are down-right ridiculous. Even if the article said that Bible-believing, born-again, Christians named Dale are less intelligent than atheists, I would still shrug my shoulders with indifference. Why? Because the Bible tells us that God chose his people for his purposes, not because we are more intelligent or nicer or even more religious:
For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God (1 Corinthians 1:26-29).
Did you notice the emphasis on God’s choosing? If we get offended because perhaps religious people (or even Christians, in particular) are less intelligent, are we not then assuming that we are, in some way, worthy of God’s election. Are we not looking for a reason to boast?
It is an easy trap to fall into. But Paul goes on to remind us that we are in Christ Jesus because of God:
And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:30).
All the glory and honor for both my salvation and my faith goes to God alone; not God plus me. So, I will boast in the Lord!