The Christian Mind
For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not useliberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another! Galatians 5.13-15
The Christian Mind
Harry Blamires (1916-)
“If Christians were thinking Christianly about everything, there would be something nutritive for Christian minds to feed on. But Christian personalities are being truncated and deformed by the fact that men and women have to leap about from one tradition of discourse to another as they move in thought and discussion from moral matters to political matters, from ecclesiastical matters to cultural matters.”
As a community, Christians do not present a consistently Christian persona to the watching world. We look like people expect Christians to look when we’re together in church – singing, praying, dutifully listening to the preaching of the Word, and so forth. But when we’re out in the world, who we are and how we present ourselves depends on the situation. How we relate to people at work will differ from how we do so in our homes or Bible study groups. What we do with our time, money, and strength, apart from church, is determined more by interests, felt needs, whims, and the temper of the times than by the eternal agenda and unfailing power of Jesus Christ. The world is Rome to us, and when we’re out there in it, we tend to do what the Romans do. Instead of presenting a vibrant, holy, life-transforming, Christ-honoring persona to the watching world, we show them something truncated and deformed, a pale reflection of themselves. This, too, is for want of a Christian mind.
What was it about Jesus that made Him stand out as a distinct persona from the people of His day? Why aren’t we more like this?
Introduction to Christian Worldview
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Except as indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. All quotations from The Christian Mind are from Harry Blamires, The Christian Mind (Ann Arbor: Servant Books, 1963, 1978).