Somehow, somewhere the notion that Christians are mindless robots gained momentum and has actually become descriptive of followers of Christ. While you and I may disagree with that, it is hard to argue the point when some Christians seem to proudly carry the banner!
But not everyone…right?!
I love it when my students ask tough questions. Last week, the pollen got the best of me. I lost my voice, literally couldn’t talk. Yet, one of our 11th grade girls had a list of questions ranging from, “Can those in heaven see us on earth?” to “What’s the point of intercessory prayer if God is truly sovereign?” So, I labored through some of her questions trying to provide some insight. When students are wrestling with tough questions, I know they are using that thing that God put in us all to assist with motor skills, memory, speech, and emotional responses…our brain!
One of my favorite books in my masters program was an 85-page book by John Stott, Your Mind Matters. It’s the book I give to all of our graduates on Graduation Recognition Sunday. In the first chapter, Stott writes, “The spirit of anti-intellectualism is prevalent today.” He goes on to quote Mordecai Richler who wrote, “What scares me about this generation is the extent to which ignorance is their armor. If know-nothingness goes on much longer, somebody will yet emerge from a commune having discovered…the wheel.”
Think about that for a moment. Humorous? Yep. True? Almost.
Stott’s point in his short book is that the “great doctrines of creation, revelation, redemption and judgment all imply that man has an inescapable duty both to think and to act upon what he thinks and knows.” Our knowledge of God and the things of God only sharpen our affection and appreciation of Him. Knowledge is to be used, not wasted or overlooked; it will lead us to higher worship; greater faith; deeper holiness; and better service.
“My son, if you will receive my words and treasure my commandments within you, Make your ear attentive to wisdom, incline your heart to understanding; For if you cry for discernment, lift your voice for understanding; If you seek her as silver and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will discern the fear of the LORD and discover the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:1-6
We are promised that if we seek, we will find. I pray that we become people who seek knowledge, rather than shying away from it. I pray that I would have a Christian mind; that I would parent and instruct my children to have a Christian mind; that my ministry would be full of students with Christian minds. Harry Blamires defines the Christian mind as “a mind trained, informed, equipped to handle data of secular controversy within a framework of reference which is constructed of Christian presuppositions. The Christian thinker challenges prejudices…disturbs the complacent…obstructs busy pragmatists…questions the very foundations of all about him and…is a nuisance.”
Let’s strive to be a people who hunger and thirst for truth, wisdom, and righteousness!
Praying for your pursuit!
Pick up your copy of Your Mind Matters here: http://www.amazon.com/Your-Mind-Matters-Christian-Classics/dp/0830834087/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1459801725&sr=8-1&keywords=your+mind+matters
Rev. Philip Turner