A Thinking Person's Faith
Saturday, June 19, 2010

“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.  And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the Kingdom of Light.” (Col. 1:9-12)

                Christianity is “a thinking person’s” faith.  That short sentence defies Christianity as practiced in America today.  We believe we can have a faith that allows us to spend more time thinking about who is going to win the Big 12, the U. S. Open, or the Super Bowl, than what God has mapped out for eternity.  We think being up to date on the latest political options and how to secure a candidate for the next 2, 4, or 6 years is more important than being up to date on the millions of years we have in store for us in Christ Jesus.  We believe that Oprah has more insight than Paul; that Carrie Prejean has more to say about our sexuality than Christ; and that Glen Beck is wiser than the Psalmist in giving us direction for America.  We have discounted the reality that what Paul prayed for more than any other prayer was that we would have knowledge and wisdom.  Let’s look at one of Paul’s classics prayer to strengthen our resolve to grow in wisdom and knowledge, so that we faith that flows from the power of God.

                First of all, let’s understand what Paul is talking about when he discussed wisdom and knowledge.  Knowledge is a system of facts.  And we need to know facts.  We need to know the reality of Christ on the Cross, the resurrection from the dead, the transformation of our fruit which is a result of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.  Without those facts, and a firm grasp of the truth upon which our faith rests, all is lost.  But to know facts is never enough for Paul (and it should not be for us).  Paul prays for wisdom.  Wisdom is knowing how to apply the facts which prevail in our lives.  And to have both knowledge and wisdom is essential to our earthly life and our eternal well being – so wisdom and knowledge is central to Paul’s prayers.

                Paul wants us to possess the “knowledge of His will.”  We have discussed on several occasions the will of God and how it applies to our lives.  Accessing this will is essential to our well being.  Much has been written about finding God’s will and the many kinds of will (moral, prevenient, prevailing, absolute, etc., as the theologians try to evade the centrality of knowing that will).  But Paul is clear.  It comes from “transforming our minds” (Rm. 12:2) and it can be acquired no other way.  Give your minds to Oprah, Glen Beck, and Sean Penn and you will never find God’s will.  Give your mind to Christ and His apostles and you will be delighted how clear the will of God becomes.

                Then comes the spiritual wisdom and understanding.  Spiritual wisdom is wisdom that is eternal.  It is wisdom that lasts.  It is wisdom of what we cannot see, and understanding that wisdom for application in the Kingdom of Light.  Once we Americans begin to understand that we will live in America only a blink of the eye in relation to living in the presence of Christ, we will begin to crave that which is eternally important.  America is one platform for saving souls, for transforming lives, to prepare people for Kingdom living.  And it has historically provided a wonderful platform.  But many evangelical Christians have traded the Kingdom for the platform.  We are more concerned about the Constitution than we are about the Gospel.  And that takes our minds away from God.  And minds turned away from God can never achieve the transformation that the pundits are trying to promote.

                The good news is, minds turned toward God achieve the power of God and qualifies us for the beautiful inheritance of the Kingdom of Light.  Why?  Because spiritual wisdom and knowledge of God’s will prepares us to bear fruit in every good work.  You see, we will never have a society that is good, lovely, joyful, and upright until God is the centerpiece.  And it does not come from making more laws, but from thinking more about Him.  And when we refuse to makes thoughts of God the centerpiece of our lives – Congress and legislatures cannot be in session long enough to make us a just nation.  Presidents and Governors cannot pontificate loud enough to transform us (change?) from the kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of Light.

                If you want to find the foundations of our land which made us great, look to the prayers of Paul.  They were not for health, or business success, or lack of government interference.  They were for wisdom, knowledge and obedience.  We will never get to where we want to be on this earth or eternally, as long as our lives and our nation are not transform by renewed minds and the will of God. Christianity is a “thinking person’s” faith.

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