I’ve been reading John Stott’s Between Two Worlds for Homiletics class and the phrase “the recovery of the Christian mind” jumped out at me as I was reading. Stott expresses the thought, and I agree, that the ability to think clearly from a Christian perspective has become a rare and much-needed thing in our world. So very much of what the world — and the church — calls ‘knowledge’ these days is merely innuendo and rumor.
Stott writes that a Christian mind is “a mind which is thinking about everything, however apparently secular, and doing so ‘Christianly’ or within a Christian frame of reference. It is not a mind stuffed full with pat answers to every question… it is rather a mind which has absorbed biblical truths… so thoroughly that it is able to view every issue from a Christian perspective.”
Stott goes on to list some of the basic convictions that form the foundation of Christian thinking:
- The reality of a living God
- The loving personality of God
- The God-given dignity of human beings
- The depravity that imperfect people are capable of
- The pervasiveness of evil
- The primacy of love
- The victory and reign of Christ
…among a few others. (Stott p. 170)
It’s interesting that others have taken up the same theme recently in online blogs and posts. Here’s one from an online friend: “Lord of the Rings: Good; Harry Potter, Bad; Really?”
Another related post to come, if I have time before the election. If not — pray our next President will be the man who loves God better.