“We are in a time when thinking rightly is more important than ever. The prospering of God’s cause on earth depends upon his people thinking well.” – Dallas Willard
When is the last time you read or watched something that stretched you? That challenged your thinking? Getting out of our comfort zone can be good for us. If we agree with what we read or see, our faith is confirmed. If we disagree, we grow stronger by thinking through the why’s of the beliefs we have.
For example, I’m not Catholic, but I listen to a Catholic radio station. There is much I can learn from my Catholic brothers and sisters. The programming helps me recognize my points of view and, at times, causes me to modify my long-held perspectives.
A couple of years ago my husband read the Koran from cover to cover. He wasn’t thinking about converting to Islam, but he wanted to have a first-hand knowledge of the teachings Muslims believe and follow. His commitment to learning about others’ beliefs opens doors of conversation he hadn’t had before.
Are you stuck in a rut with your thinking? Venture out a bit! Read a book, watch a YouTube video, or follow a blog that comes from a point of view different from yours. Then talk about it with someone else to explore new ideas and see how they fit with your own. If you’re like me, these experiences will drive you to the Bible, our source of truth, and will probably foster new relationships. Our minds are gifts from our Creator are meant to be used for his purposes in this world. He made them stretchable for a reason!
“We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, “ – 2 Corinthians 10:5
Bev: A hearty “Amen” to the admonition to stretch our Christian minds through reading widely. It is extraordinary to watch the Apostle Paul on Mars Hill sharing with the gospel with Greek intellectuals. He did not cite passages from the Old Testament, because the hearers would not be familiar with it. Instead he quoted one of their own writers Aratus, (flourished c. 315–c. 245 BC, Macedonia), a Greek poet of Soli in Cilicia: “for in Him (God) we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). When we know what other people are thinking, we can use what they already know to build a bridge for the gospel to be heard with understanding. In our learning, however, new ideas should be the servants of Christian truth and never a replacement for it. Great article! Thanks. – Dennis
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Thanks, Dennis. The Mars Hill example fits perfectly!