Just finished reading today’s SOAP verses and I thought struck me from the words of that great Philosopher, “Forrest Gump.” Remember his statement: “Stupid is What Stupid Does!” I think the Apostle Paul may agree this statement because in Galatians chapter three verse one Paul writes:
“Oh, foolish Galatians! Who has cast an evil spell on you? For the meaning of Jesus Christ’s death was made as clear to you as if you had seen a picture of his death on the cross.” (NLT)
The Apostle Paul’s opening exclamatory declaration means “acting in a spirit (attitude) which manifests the absence of wisdom.” Quite literally the Greek is very bold and crass because Paul is calling them“stupid.” “Why such strong language Paul?” Here is the answer” “The Galatians were willing to believe the lie that the work of Jesus Christ to fully free and restore them was not good enough that they had to go back to the “LAW.” If the Galatians believe this way they are going to fall into the trap that it is not about responding to grace but through their performance one would earn grace. My pastor, Ray Johnston, makes this statement,“Theology leads to Biography.” What you believe will influence how you live.” How many times have you said to yourself, “I am just not good enough or if I just work harder God will love me.” When we begin to believe that it is all about our performance we begin to live out our lives with an attitude of anger, fear, insecurity, from a foundation of self-reliance. We are no longer living everyday as a partner with Jesus Christ but more like an employee of Jesus Christ who is hoping to be approved for the job through their probationary period.
Here is the bottom-line: Believing a lie will distort how we live (as a husband, father, friend, co-worker etc..,). Key Question: what are the areas that that we are continuing to believe a lie concerning Jesus Christ already freeing and restoring us?” When we say the Cross was not sufficient for my freedom we then become a slave to the insanity of our stuff attempting to place ourselves on our own Cross. In attempting to be God which is beyond our job description as being a frail human being we now have to be in control of people and events which steals our joy because it is emotionally and spiritually exhausting.
Forrest Gump is right: “Stupid is what stupid does!” The message of Galatians chapter three is God loves us enough not to get stuck on Stupid!