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Your Mind Matters To God #1: Mental Christianity

By: Carl Shank, M.Div., Th.M.

October 17, 2019

“And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind’” (Matthew 22:37, ESV; also included similarly in Mark 12:30 and Luke 10:27). Mental Christianity. We tend to think of faith as a private, heart matter of the emotions, a spiritual thing that hardly involves the mind or mental commitment. Yet, Jesus tells us to love God with “all our mind.” George Barna Associates published a survey of Christian people (2004 study) which showed that only 51 percent of all ministers claimed to have worked through a world-and-life viewpoint, and more than 90 percent of faith people did not possess a holistic, world-and-life worked out view of their Christian faith. Not much has changed since then. What is “mental Christianity?”

 

It is giving the mind the rightful place in your love for and to God. God wants our minds, as well as our hearts, our wills and our emotions. He wants thinking Christians, people of faith who lovingly devote their mental energies for God and under submission to His Word and Jesus Christ. He wants minds trained and tooled for critical thinking about how God and His Word impacts and affects everything we consider, everything we process and everything we ponder. Lack of mental commitment to Christ as Lord results in unsound faith, activistic Christianity without thought or muddle-headed leaps in the dark about God and life.

 

The question for this day is simply this: Is your mind tuned into God and what He wants from your thought processes? Have you thought through your faith, or is it just an emotional leap in the dark, hoping that God understands your busy medical mental activity? Have you separated or divorced your faith from your mental commitments? Today start thinking through your faith commitment to God and his Word of life. Commit to mental Christianity.

Carl Shank, M.Div., Th.M.

About Carl Shank, M.Div., Th.M.

In addition to his M.Div. and Th.M. (systematic theology) work, H. Carl Shank has been a youth, associate, solo, staff, executive and lead pastor in over forty years of church ministry, pastoring beginning and established congregations in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and New York state. His passion for leadership development has resulted in mentoring numerous pastors, teaching in a number of local Bible institutes as well as serving as an adjunct faculty member of The King’s College, and training InterVarsity leaders on the East Coast. Carl has been regularly sought out for his acknowledged gifts of discernment and wisdom in dealing with church issues. He had been serving as the Executive Pastor of a church in Lancaster, PA, as well as a church health consultant through NCDAmerica. He is recently retired. Besides numerous seminars and church related articles, his twenty-three published leadership and Bible study contributions include studies on the Psalms, Esther, Jonah, Nehemiah, The Ten Commandments for Today, The Beatitudes of Jesus, the Pastoral Letters, Thessalonians, the Seven Churches of Revelation, all available from his website www.carlshankconsulting.com and Lulu Press, Amazon and other booksellers.

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