Living For Christ In A Christ-less World
– by Tendai Chitsike
Religion Must Convert Both Heart and Mind
Have you ever considered the impact of the ideas we come across at every waking moment? You should. Ideas are not of mere academic importance. They shape our world, for better or for worse. Ideas can draw us away from Christ, they can draw unbelievers away from the Gospel, and they can bring profound good or incredible damage into our world. The Apostle Paul urged the Colossians to guard against hollow and deceptive ideas, and exhorted them instead to build their lives on the philosophy of Christ in Colossians 2:8. Think for a moment about the competing ideas on the value of human life. Are people precious because they are all made in the image of God, or is their value determined by who is currently in political office? The way this one question is answered has a profound effect on the entirety of life, from the foetus to frail care, and everything in between.
What more the multiplicity of ideas that vie for our attention and complicity? Young people are often the most vulnerable to the seduction of hollow ideas. Nancy Pearcey writes in ‘Total Truth’, “As Christian parents, pastors, and teachers, we constantly see young people pulled down by the undertow of powerful cultural trends. If all we give them is a “heart” religion, it will not be strong enough to counter the lure of attractive but dangerous ideas. Young believers also need a “brain” religion – training in worldview and apologetics – to equip them to analyse and critique the competing worldviews they will encounter.” I have sadly seen the shipwrecking of many a young believer through the sway of such ideas, and I am determined to do something to see this trend reversed. We urgently need a conversion of the mind, and my next article will tackle where we can start.
JOY! Magazine (August 2018)