Loving God with the Mind - October 15, 2013

As elder tasked with overseeing education at CBC, I am passionate about Christian education. There is a prevailing attitude in many evangelical churches that devalues rigorous study and scholarship in the local church. This naturally leads to many "ordinary" Christian's attitudes of disdain, contempt, or complacency toward learning. After all, it is work and many would rather play or earn than learn. The reality is that nothing could be further from our Lord's intent for disciples. In some cases there is a lack of knowledge by the leadership of the church. Often there is a protectionist attitude of pastors concerning knowledge because they either are afraid people will confuse other new believers with bad information or worse, they are wanting to protect their superior intellectual position over the laity. Others are concerned that there will be too much "inward focus" in the local body which will suppress outreach and evangelism. These are all regrettable circumstances and fallacious attitudes that are immeasurably harmful to the foundation of the local church

When the holy God of the universe created all things, He chose to use His spoken voice. When He spoke His law to man, He did the same both to Adam, Abraham, Moses, and the prophets. He superintended His Word to be remembered, written, and recorded forever. This involved the medium of language, a gift from God. The recorded Word of God was written in many genres, three different ancient languages and by many men with different personalities and experiences. Understanding God's Word accurately, the most important task of mankind, requires knowledge. It is primarily an academic endeavor.

In this blog space over the next few months, I would like to make this case more completely. I will be writing on the third week of the month and I will attempt to expound upon this topic: Why "Christian education" is a non-negotiable. After all, The Lord told His people, "you shall love The Lord your God with all your ... MIND."

"...searching the Scriptures",

Richie Setser

 

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