Loving With All Our Mind
Christianity has a perceived reputation of ignorance.
Such a perception is only based in reality to the degree that we are ignorant. I have no desire for Christians to carry the caricature of a dunce cap. However, I also understand that many issues have not been truly thought through by the average follower of Christ. So how can we follow God’s command to love him with all our minds and rebut the claim that Christianity is only a crutch for the uninformed?
First, it is imperative that we know what we believe and why we believe it. I gladly bear the cultural reproach that being a “Bible believer” brings, but I refuse to bear the reproach that stems from a lack of truly knowing what I believe or why. This is why faithful preaching, teaching, discipleship, fellowship, and personal study is essential. As each of those areas veer away from God’s design and into watered down versions of their intended purpose, we cultivate a church culture of immaturity and thereby lessen our witness in the world.
Second, Christians must work to clearly articulate their convictions from a rational standpoint. For example, in regards to the moral position on homosexuality, the Christian stance must not be condensed to phrases like “God’s word teaches that it was Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.” If we place issues related to our faith in the hands of such a feeble argument, then we hand our worldview opponents the ammunition with which to engage us.
Third, we must reclaim the connection between the heart and the mind. The notion that faith and rationality are incompatible is nonsense. Certainly faith is more than assent to religious ideas, but it is not less than that…
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