“Fools For Christ” (1 Corinthians 4: 10, ESV) by Carley Evans

A dear friend of mine is a street evangelist — a fool for Christ. On top of it, he is a fool for Christ in a foreign land. I know of others who wear cardboard jackets and stand on street corners or in the middle of college campuses or outside malls with big red lettering calling men, women, children to Jesus. Yes, these are also fools for Christ.

What better company to have — Paul, the ultimate street preacher — writes to the Corinthian church, “We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor, but we in disrepute. To the present hour, we hunger and thirst, we are poorly dressed and buffeted and homeless, and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; when slandered, we entreat. We have become, and are still, like scum of the world, the refuse of all things.” (1 Corinthians 4: 10 – 13)

When Jesus sends out His twelve, He tells them to “go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ ” (Matthew 10: 7) He tells them to “heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons.” (Matthew 10: 8)

Jesus also tells them to “give without pay.” (Matthew 10: 8) They are to take no overcoat, umbrella, or tent. They are to stay wherever they are welcome, and walk away from places and people who do not welcome them.

Jesus tells the twelve, “Whoever receives you receives Me.” (Matthew 10: 40)

Let those of us who sit in the especially comfortable pews of mega-churches, cathedrals, sanctuaries around the world pray for those who stand on street corners with cardboard witness.

“If they have called the Master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of His household.” (Matthew 10: 28)