The world needs complicated thinkers to plan and build our cities and infrastructure, to discover new medicines and treatments, to invent more and better sophisticated electronic devices, to plan and execute our space exploration and dozens of other helpful projects. For the rest of us there is always the help for dummies series. I was recently given a smart phone for my birthday and struggle every day to do what it tells me to do. I just can’t outsmart that “smart” phone.

One of the problems with complicated thinking is that it sometimes morphs into vanity and disdain for the less gifted, which I trust is most of us. When one is blessed with brilliance in one field, or several as were da Vinci and Michelangelo, it must become harder and harder to cope with those who can’t relate to such complicated ideas.  Long before the “one person one vote” concept of government, societies were ruled by Kings and rich people who had the knowledge of reading and writing and thus were the complicated thinkers. The poor and simple peons were there to do the menial and degrading tasks that kept society functioning.

We can thank our God, the originator and creator of everything, including the wise and brilliant thoughts of mankind, that our salvation is not based upon such complicated things.  The most original and brilliant ideas are mere foolishness to God (1 Cor 1:25-29).  When Jesus, the creator of the universe (Col 1:16-20) came to earth it must have been humorous yet sad to watch and listen to the so-called wisdom of the educated, privileged people of that time.  We often read of his love and interaction with the people of low esteem and his anger at the proud and pompous leaders (Mt 21:12) (Mt 23:13-33).  Jesus’ teachings were simple in the sense of being straight-forward and welcoming (Mt 18:28k-30).  However, they often seemed counterintuitive and contradictory (Mt 5:43-44) (Jo 2:19) (Mt 18:2-3) (Mk 14:22-24).  The apostle Paul helps clarify this when we learn the difference between the sinful nature and the mind controlled by the Holy Spirit (Rom 8:5-8).

Matters of the Holy Spirit will always be complicated to those not born of the water and the Spirit (Jo 3:5).  Jesus was trying to teach Nicodemus the difference between earthly things and heavenly things (Jo 3:12).  Between light and darkness. Complicated concepts yet everlastingly rewarding.

–Jim Bailey