Wisdom. This is another word, from a quite short list of religiously significant words, that hasn’t been debased or redefined into uselessness.
Wisdom still means something to almost everyone even if it is hard to define. It is a word with generally positive connotations and something virtually everyone wants. We want political and other leaders to be wise, not just clever.
So, if this is the case, then why would James suggest there is a kind of wisdom that is “earthly, unspiritual, devilish”? (James 3:15 NRSV) What could be going on inside his head to say that some wisdom isn’t good?
I don’t have all the answers, who does really, but I think James is using the word as others were doing. It might be better written as “wisdom” or wisdom /s. *
The sermon this Sunday is a discussion about what could be going on with the negative view of wisdom James portrays. Let me know if you think I’m on to something or missed the boat.
Please note there is only one sermon this Sunday as, after due consideration, the decision was made to go back to a joint online service for both Knox Presbyterian, Briercrest, and St. Mark’s Presbyterian, Moose Jaw.
* the slash s, /s, is used to indicate sarcasm in some online conversations.