By Nathan Dove
Scripture tells us to worship the lord with all of our heart, soul, and mind. However, some Christians (myself included) have conveniently read over the latter. It seems more rationale and convenient to worship the lord with emotions and leave out the mind. However, the verse tells us, not only should we worship the lord with our heart and soul, but also with our mind. I don’t think Jesus intended to fool us when he said this. In fact, it seems almost necessary to worship the Lord with our minds. Emotions fluctuate. One minute we feel happy. The next, we don’t. The mind acts as a safe guard against emotions. Thoughts remain steady through diversity. By worshiping the Lord with our minds we give him everything we have. We shouldn’t limit the Lord to our up and down emotions. Rather, he calls for each of us to give him our all. That includes our thoughts.
So, why all this talk about the mind.? Well, quite frankly the Church has a history of anti-intellectualism. “The more you think the more questions come up, if you don’t want to answer these questions don’t think!” It makes sense. However, this statement clearly does not coincide with scripture. Paul tell us in Romans:
“2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)
Our minds have a clear role in our sanctification. We should delight in the lord and use our minds to reflect on our justification. In result, reflecting on our salvation will produce in us a gospel driven life. However, we do not live in a world full of Christians, and as a result our minds must also take on another role. Our minds must learn to conjugate a defense for Christianity. Or In other words, we must develop a defensive strategy called Apologetics…
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