For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 1 Corinthians 2:2
When I heard this verse during a Sunday night sermon, it felt like it had been delivered by a 2×4 right between my eyes. Sure, I’d heard it before; I knew the context. Paul is talking to the church at Corinth and he’s addressing some issues.
But he is clear on one thing: his main purpose is to teach Jesus and the meaning of his death and resurrection.
I know this as well. And I share it frequently.
But I also can tell you at least 8 out of the top 10 Billboard hits, give you a synopsis of all movies currently in theaters, quote nearly every line from ten seasons of Friends, break down millenial lingo, name the platforms of most Miss America contestants, and tell you who every Taylor Swift song is about.
Instead of pride, that verse makes me ashamed of this fact.
Why do I know- and care- about so much worldly trivia? Do I still have that much of me invested in the ways of this world?
What does it matter, really?
I need to pray more, to study more, to seek more…
I need to remember which side of this battle I’m on.
I’m a great Trivial Pursuit player.
I can tell you which peanut butter choosy Moms choose and who thinks you deserve a break today. I can tell you who sings most of the current hits on the Billboard 200 and quote every single episode of Friends.
I know entirely too much about who Taylor Swift’s songs are about for a 50-year old and the platforms of every Miss America contestant in any given year.
TBH, I’m sorry not sorry that I think my Bae is on fleek. If you can’t speak millenial, don’t worry. #JOMO
I’m a boss on game nights!
But sitting in Bible study last Sunday, we were reading 2 Corinthians 2.
And this verse jumped out at me:
2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
Paul wasn’t learning about the latest fads. He didn’t care what entertainment all the rage. He wasn’t even focused on church history.
It was Jesus Christ and him crucified.
When I stand in front of the Lord, He isn’t going to want to know how many behind-the-scenes secrets of box-office hits I know. He won’t quiz me on the New York Times bestseller list.
I’ll get one wedge and one wedge only- Jesus Christ and him crucified.