Baptized By Socrates

Robert Strand

It's an old story about a proud, arrogant young man who came to the noted, quite muscular philosopher, Socrates, and asked, proudly, "O great Socrates, I come for knowledge." Socrates, recognizing a pompous, thick-headed, numbskull when he saw one asked the young man to follow him through the streets of Athens to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. They waded out into chest deep water. Then he turned to the young man and asked, "Now, what do you want?"

lakeleafsubmerged"Knowledge, O wise Socrates," said the young man with a smirk. Socrates put his strong hands on the young man's shoulders and pushed him under and held him for a count to thirty. He let him up and said, "What do you want?"

"Wisdom" sputtered the young man, "O great Socrates" without a smile. Socrates crunched him under again, this time for a count of forty-five and let him up, again. The young man was gasping for breath. Socrates asked again.

Between heavy, heaving breaths the young man wheezed, "Knowledge, O wise and wonder..." Socrates jammed him under again. This time he counted to fifty before he pulled him out of the water. "What do you want?"

"AIR!" he screeched. "I NEED AIR!"

"When you want knowledge as desperately as you have just wanted air, then you will have knowledge," said a smiling Socrates.

We live in the "Information Age." Knowledge is today's needed quality of life. How much do YOU really want or need knowledge? Is it as important as your next breath?

"If any of you lacks wisdom, he or she should ask God, who gives generously to all..." (James 1:5).