Knowledge is nauseating.
We are all only plagiarists.
Even what intellect we have stolen is most likely not from an original source. It was information adapted and made a composite—much like a museum curator—all of which finding its source in the Father of Truth or the Father of Lie. Rob Bell writes, “God has spoken. The rest is commentary.” Even the knowledge we have stolen is not in its pure form anymore. We have adulterated it to suit ourselves—to better represent and reproduce our way of thinking. Why, then, do we boast as though the power were ours? Why do I behave as though I alone have something my neighbor needs?
Andy Stanley speaks about leadership as a stewardship. I want to use his concept to drive my point. “Knowledge is a stewardship. It is temporary, and you’re accountable.”
I claim to know nothing except Christ crucified, and even that was revealed to me by the Spirit. We have instead only the perception of power. Actually, all that we possess is from an outside source, be we fail to credit it as such. It is knowledge stolen, exploited for our purpose, used for the manipulation of others, and getting us no closer to the glory that we sought so aggressively to possess.
The stagnant life, the illiteracy, then, is the reward for being puffed up. It is a nausea to the glutton and the people around the glutton. But what do I know, anyway? I merely seek ten true words that once were lost in ten thousand meaningless words. I am seeking truth in an ocean of information, posers, and lie.
I Corinthians 1:26-32
Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29so that no one may boast before him. 30It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.”