Becoming Good Thinkers

How do you process all the things you hear in a day? Many of the younger leaders in their 20’s and 30’s will be faced with post-modern thinking. A word of caution: Be very careful because post-modern thinking is another ideology.

Post-modern thinking is new, trendy and novel. It appears to sound good but we need to keep our brain sharp with the Word of God as our sword. As leaders we need to think deeply about everything and think well and test everything according to scripture. Many of our conclusions – mine included – come from ideological backgrounds; how we were raised, the teachers that taught us and the role models we looked up to. But our conclusions need to be woven into the Lord’s heart and not the world’s.

If you return, then I will restore you-before Me you will stand; and if you extract the precious from the worthless, you will become My spokesman. They for their part may turn to you, but as for you, you must not turn to them.” (Jeremiah 15:19)

In other words, when you are listening to ideological philosophy, use your brain to process the other person’s thoughts but do not turn towards their thinking. I like to listen to atheists because I am trying to understand their side and where they are coming from. However, when you are listening to doubts to clarify what you know, when it’s all said and done, you need to be sure you are clear on what Jesus is saying, not more doubtful. That is what the scripture is saying in Jeremiah.

Many young leaders today make the error of buying into whatever they hear with the newest wind of doctrine that’s passing. Be sure check out every thing you hear according to Scripture and be sure you’re not accepting someone else’s ideology but you are thinking it through biblically.

So often we look at someone else’s ideology and what someone else studied but be careful: many times points have been intentionally left out to make you think a certain way. Whenever you hear an ideological statement, always start with Scripture and correct back to Scripture. Be sure that you get the context IN CONTEXT because the best interpretation of Scripture IS SCRIPTURE.

For example, the Postmodern thinker may say, “The world should have no mega- churches. They are too bureaucratic. Church is best when people meet in homes and have family churches or home churches.”

They may argue that in the book of Acts people met in homes. On one hand this is true; but keep thinking deeper because on one day 3,000 got saved and another day 5,000 got saved- aren’t these definitions of modern day mega churches?

One of the dangers of ideology is that it becomes an “either/or” rather than a “both.” In Acts, Chapter 2, people met in large gatherings and from house to house. They met in the synagogues and from house to house. Just because there’s a house church movement with large gatherings, that does not mean that they are mutually exclusive of each other. Scripture tells us we can have house to house or big gatherings –biblically there’s both.

My encouragement to you is to think deeply to keep your thoughts biblically based. We have to think through what we read and hear and make sure that we are people of the truth and not followers of religious ideologists.

May the Lord give you abundant wisdom as you think and lead wisely.

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