Intellectual Discipleship: Following Christ with Our Minds
- Monday, January 17, 2011
Christian faithfulness requires a deep commitment to serious moral reflection on matters of war and peace, justice and equity, and the proper operation of a system of laws. Our intentional effort to develop a Christian worldview requires us to return to first principles again and again in a constant and vigilant effort to ensure that the patterns of our thought are consistent with the Bible and its master narrative.
In the context of cultural conflict, the development of an authentic Christian worldview should enable the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ to maintain a responsible and courageous footing in any culture at any period of time. The stewardship of this responsibility is not merely an intellectual challenge, it determines, to a considerable degree, whether or not Christians live and act before the world in a way that brings glory to God and credibility to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Failure at this task represents an abdication of Christian responsibility that dishonors Christ, weakens the church, and compromises Christian witness.
A failure of Christian thinking is a failure of discipleship, for we are called to love God with our minds. We cannot follow Christ faithfully without first thinking as Christians. Furthermore, believers are not to be isolated thinkers who bear this responsibility alone. We are called to be faithful together, as we learn intellectual discipleship within the believing community, the church.
By God's grace, we are allowed to love God with our minds in order that we may serve him with our lives. Christian faithfulness requires the conscious development of a worldview that begins and ends with God at its center. We are only able to think as Christians because we belong to Christ, and the Christian worldview is, in the end, nothing more than seeking to think as Christ would have us to think, in order to be who Christ would call us to be.
For background reading, see:
R. Albert Mohler, Jr., "The Glory of God and the Life of the Mind," Friday, November 12, 2010.
R. Albert Mohler, Jr., "The Knowledge of the Self-Revealing God: Starting Point for the Christian Worldview," Friday, December 3, 2010.
R. Albert Mohler, Jr., "The Christian Worldview as Master Narrative: Creation," Wednesday, December 15, 2010.
R. Albert Mohler, Jr., "The Christian Worldview as Master Narrative: Sin and its Consequences," Friday, January 7, 2011.
R. Albert Mohler, Jr., "The Christian Worldview as Master Narrative: Redemption Accomplished," Monday, January 10, 2011.
R. Albert Mohler, Jr., "The Christian Worldview as Master Narrative: The End that Is a Beginning," Wednesday, January 12, 2011.
Publication date: January 17, 2011
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