Your Mind Matters To God #3: A Mind Devoted To God
By: Carl Shank, M.Div., Th.M.
November 3, 2019
“If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing…” (1 Timothy 6:3-4, ESV). “But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, and their talk will spread like gangrene…” (2 Timothy 2:16-17, ESV). “Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels” (2 Timothy 2:23, ESV).
We need to learn to love God with our minds as well as our hearts. In The Christian Mind: How Should A Christian Think, Harry Blamires said, “A Christian mind is a mind trained, informed, and equipped to handle the data of secular controversy within a framework of reference which is constructed of Christian presuppositions.” Repenting of cultural Christianity means more than just being sorry that Christians don’t think through their faith nearly enough. It means we must turn such thought activity around and begin to examine everything, and I mean everything, based on biblical understanding, principles and precepts.
However, loving God with all our mind is not merely a principle operating in the background of what we do. How we do logic, for instance, is just as important to Jesus as what propositions we choose to examine and under what presuppositions. Logicians may choose to debate this, saying logical procedures are “neutral” and “unbiased,” but we can dishonor God or honor God through how we use logic to justify or condemn what we choose.
As you engage in the practice of healthcare, remember that your mind is part of you. And loving God with all your mind involves all of you—your heart, your emotions, your will, your soul and body. Consequently, the Bible sees human opposition to what God wants as a mental as well as a moral problem. The apostle Paul warns young Timothy to avoid discussions about nothing and to dismiss vain speculations and so-called philosophical trails which lead nowhere. What do you have to accept or dismiss as part of loving God with all your mind in healthcare?