The Christian Mind
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.” Matthew 5.13
The Christian Mind
Harry Blamires (1916-)
“The Church’s virtual withdrawal from these fields has left the pragmatists and utilitarians in power. It has led to the decay of the Christian mind. And now, by reaction, it has begotten a brood of frustrated Christians who try to cultivate their own souls but, outside of that, just don’t know what to do.”
Apart from our general reticence concerning matters spiritual, two major obstacles confront us in proclaiming the Good News of Christ and His Kingdom. First, our experience of the Gospel is narrow, as Harry Blamires argued, limited to matters of morality, worship, and spiritual life. And, frankly, today’s pragmatic and utilitarian people don’t see the point of any of these. They prefer to make up their morality as they go along, and they see worship and spiritual life as the domain of weaklings and hypocrites. Then, second, we don’t know how to meet our unsaved contemporaries on their familiar turf, with language, oriented to Christ, that can help them see the relationship of all of life to Him. We can’t interest our unsaved neighbors in the things that interest us. And we’re not able to talk to them in spiritual terms about the matters that interest them. No wonder we’re brooding and frustrated as we look out on what seems like the growing darkness around us. Has our salt lost its flavor? Is it too late to discover new ways of speaking about Christ and His Kingdom, that might make our contemporaries thirsty for the Gospel?
Let’s just think about the area of work: How does Jesus see work? What place does work have in His Kingdom? What was God’s original design for work, when He assigned it to Adam and Eve in the garden? What standards should guide or work, if we want our hope to shine through in the work we’ve been given to do? Talk about these questions with a Christian friend.
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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).