Living For Christ In A Christ-less World
– by Tendai Chitsike
In my article last month, I made a case for the importance of having a philosophy based on Christ, as opposed to hollow and deceptive ideas. The obvious question then is how? Allow me to use an illustration I discovered while my wife and children were baking. I noticed that the baking sieve does three things: it allows certain substances through unchanged, it alters others as they pass through, and it opposes other substances passing through entirely. The mind – converted to Christ – should be actively doing the very same thing with ideas: allowing some, altering others before retaining, and opposing others completely. Whether we have consciously or unconsciously done so, we all depend on one or more ‘sieves’ to process all of life.
It could be the Bible, the latest guru or academic, popular opinion, our culture, family, whatever we feel, or a mangled mess of all of the above. In this regard, as Christians we often fall short on two counts: we either have no Bible-based filter at all, or if we do, we restrict such critical thinking to so-called “Christian” things. Such an approach led author Harry Blamires to write in The Christian Mind: “There is no longer a Christian mind . . . the modern Christian has succumbed to secularisation. He accepts religion – its morality, its worship, its spiritual culture; but he rejects the religious view of life, the view that sets all earthly issues within the context of the eternal, the view that relates all human problems social, political, and cultural to the doctrinal foundations of the Christian Faith, the view that sees all things here below in terms of God’s supremacy and earth’s transitoriness, in terms of Heaven and Hell.” Only when we start thinking like a follower of Christ will we begin to resemble Him in the world.
JOY! Magazine (September 2018)