In his book titled “In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day”, Mark Batterson writes: “If you’re not willing to look foolish, you’re foolish.” At first read that statement seemed silly to me; I guess we’re all going to look foolish according to Batterson, but as I continued reading the chapter he referenced 2 Samuel chapter 6. King David had just defeated the Philistines and recaptured Zion, God’s holy city. Naturally, there was a huge parade to celebrate.
“But as the Ark of the LORD entered the City of David, Michal, the daughter of Saul, looked down from her window. When she saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD, she was filled with contempt for him.” - 2 Samuel 6:16 (NLT)
David was the king, and here he was, in the middle of a serious procession, stripping off his ceremonial robes, making a complete fool of himself. In the eyes of some he wasn’t acting very kingly, as shown by Michal’s complaint to David:
“20...Michal, the daughter of Saul, came out to meet him. She said in disgust, “How distinguished the king of Israel looked today, shamelessly exposing himself to the servant girls like any vulgar person might do!”
David kept his cool:
21 David retorted to Michal, “I was dancing before the Lord, who chose me above your father and all his family! He appointed me as the leader of Israel, the people of the Lord, so I celebrate before the Lord. 22 Yes, and I am willing to look even more foolish than this, even to be humiliated in my own eyes!
We aren’t kings or queens. Most of us didn’t just defeat an enemy army and return home to a parade to celebrate our victory. We don’t have to worry about ceremonial robes, but we do worry about what people will think about us when we choose to do something counter cultural. In the eyes of the world, fasting is foolish, friends. We live in a world of overindulgence. A place where many get as much as they can, without any thought to the negatives.
When you’re struggling to find the courage to tell that friend or coworker why you keep denying something you really enjoy, remember:
“God deliberately chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise.” 1 Corinthians 1:27 (NLT)
Batterson ends with: “Try doing one important “foolish” thing for God today and see if the blessing isn’t greater than the embarrassment.”