1 Corinthians 18-19, 20, 25 The Living Bible
18 I know very well how foolish it sounds to those who are lost, when they hear that Jesus died to save them. But we who are saved recognize this message as the very power of God. 19 For God says, “I will destroy all human plans of salvation no matter how wise they seem to be, and ignore the best ideas of men, even the most brilliant of them.” 20 So what about these wise men, these scholars, these brilliant debaters of this world’s great affairs? God has made them all look foolish and shown their wisdom to be useless nonsense. … 25 This so-called “foolish” plan of God is far wiser than the wisest plan of the wisest man, and God in his weakness—Christ dying on the cross—is far stronger than any man.
Although Paul was giving a message to the people of Corinth about their lack of unity prior to this passage (vs 10-17), his words are applicable to our nation. We are divided and treat others with disrespect over differences. If not careful, we will destroy ourselves.