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Seward’s Folly -- by Pastor Burt

Updated: Sep 28

Alaska was amazing, From the rainy Ketchikan to the island of Juneau to the temperate Anchorage, from the frozen beauty of the Hubbard Glacier to the wild natural splendor of the Denali National Forest, Alaska has a lot to offer.

Photo credit: Burt Williams

But did you know that Russia sold Alaska to the US for $0.02 per acre? Seward, the Secretary of State at the time, was ridiculed in Congress and the press for the treaty that enabled the purchase. That is until we discovered gold in Alaska. They called it Seward’s Folly. To learn more about the purchase of Alaska, see https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/sewards-folly.

It made me think of 1 Corinthians 1:18 “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God.” Folly comes from foolishness, and for those who are not Christian, the sacrifice Christ made on the cross seems like folly. Because to those who don’t believe in the Grace that God gave to us in the death of Christ, it seems wasteful and foolish. But it was not folly that Christ died nailed to a tree but love that led him to save us who were unable to save ourselves. People often judge that which is proper, loving, and graceful as foolishness at the moment because they can’t see the rewards that are to come. Extending the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ to those in need may seem foolish to those around us; someone told me so recently. But, Hebrews 13:2 tells us, “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”

So show the Love of Christ and share his grace and love, especially when it seems foolish!

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