No one tells a story about the handful of African Americans who did their duty by sitting in the colored section of that bus on December 1st, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama. The stories are about Rosa Parks, the woman who dared to do only a handful of others had done at that point, sit where she pleased, break the rules, challenge the status quo. Did she look foolish at the time? You better believe it; she was mocked, arrested, and thrown into prison. Her willingness to look foolish momentarily though, ensured her heroism as she became an important symbol of the modern Civil Rights Movement.
No one tells a story about the millions of people who continually rode in a horse and buggy because ‘that’s just the way it was.’ The stories are about Henry Ford and his Model T.
No one tells a story about the millions of people who resisted the idea of a home computer. The stories are about Steve Jobs and his constant pursuit to put the world’s most innovative technology in the hands of everyday, ordinary people.
No one tells a story about the Pharisees who were obsessed with maintaining the first century status quo. The stories are about a young carpenter turned teacher named Jesus, who challenged everyone with his counter-cultural way of teaching things like, love your enemies and serve the poor. These ideas may seem obvious to us now, but they sounded absolutely foolish in Jesus’ day. And you can’t tell me that the man who claimed to be the Son of God did not look foolish to the first century population when they hung Him on a cross and He died. But you also can’t tell me that He did not prove Himself to be the greatest hero three days later when He rose again, providing redemption for all.
No one tells a story about the crowd. The stories are about those who believe in their cause so strongly that they are willing to stand apart from the crowd and risk looking foolish for a moment or two while the change they’ve been praying for is ushered in. So go ahead, look foolish. Maybe one day you’ll be considered a hero for it.