Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Think, people, think!

In the book, Ordering Your Private World, by Gordon MacDonald, the author addresses the necessity of Christians to discipline their minds:

"Christians ought to be the strongest, broadest, most creative thinkers in the world. It was Paul who said that as Christians we are given the mind of Christ. This provides a potential intellectual breadth that the unregenerate mind does not possess. "

MacDonald stresses the importance of avoiding "flabby thinking" and the urgency of choosing to think "Christianly".

"The unthinking Christian does not realize it, but he is dangerously abosorbed into the culture about him. Because his mind is untrained and unfilled, it lacks the ability to produce the hard questions with which the world needs to be challenged.... Sometimes, because of the massive amounts of information bombarding us regularly, the unthinking Christian longs to run in retreat, leaving heavy thinking up to a few elite Christian leaders or theologians. When the Christian's mind becomes dull, he can fall prey to the propaganda of a non-Christian scheme of things, led by people who have not neglected their thinking powers--and have simply out-thought us. "

Now, Christian, do your job and give that some thought.

"For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ."
1 Corinthians 2:16

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