Great make believe.
On the subject of not-so-make-believe, I got that same sense of a period piece when my allegedly Christian mind was blown reading Harry Blamires’ 1963 masterpiece entitled, “The Christian Mind”. It’s first chapter is required reading for all incoming SALLT classes. Here’s the premise: “There is no longer a Christian mind.” It’s the opening sentence and the proverbial shot across the bow of supposedly thinking Christians. What frustrates me is that I believe he’s right.
So what’s he saying? Essentially that these days we Christians have pretty much abandoned ship on using our brains! We do church, we come together as worshiping beings, we have a set of rules we’re supposed to follow (the “thou shalt not’s”) but otherwise, we just don’t think about things within a Christian context. Or, another way of putting it, we don’t think critically – which basically means that we don’t see or think about the Bible as a set of life rules which should permeate all of life.
A quick and very low hanging fruit example: So we live in the Bible Belt. We’ve got a lot of folks who check the box as being “Christian”. Yet, look at our roadways and see the litter. I wonder how many good Baptists (I’m picking on you simply because there’s so many of you), toss their Sonic cup out the window when done (which is the “world is my trash can” view). We’ve all seen folks do stuff like that. I’ll wager (in a Christianly sort of way) that some of those folks went to church this past Sunday, have “Jesus love me” memorized, but have never for a second pondered their littering as a completely unchristian and anti-biblical. The Bible would speak to our role as stewards of the earth, but we don’t think of that within the concept of say, littering. We know we’re not supposed to covet our neighbor’s wife but where’s the rule on taking out the trash? But if trash is too simplistic, how about the unbiblical point of view that a pastor’s job is more “holy” than a shopkeeper’s?
When Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind,” (Matthew 22:37), I wonder if He wanted us to think?