Growing up I was aimless, self-reliant, and far from God. But along the way, everything changed for me.
As we begin talking about how we avoid Cotton Candy Christianity and raising a generation of “Almost Christians,” I want to share some of my journey because I think it could make all the difference for you as well.
When I became a follower of Jesus Christ as a junior in High School, I was finally home. Coming from a broken family, I was now able to begin healing in many ways through God’s perfect love and acceptance.
But of all of the gracious gifts God has given me, the one that has most profoundly changed the trajectory of my life is this truth: God desires and deserves our best thinking.
As Christians our thinking matters to God. Yes our emotions and relationships matter to God as do our acts of kindness and serving others. But none of that replaces this foundational part of Christian discipleship–our minds matter.
And it is the failure to grasp this key insight–more than any other–that has lead to the “almost Christianity” we are experiencing today.
When defining the Greatest commandment, Jesus framed it this way:
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” – Luke 10:27
To live well we must think well. All of our actions flow from what we believe about reality—including our thoughts about God and our neighbor.
C.S. Lewis is no fan of Cotton Candy Christianity:
“God is no founder of intellectual slackers than any other slackers. If you are thinking of becoming a Christian, I warn you, you are embarking on something which will take the whole of you, brains and all.” – C.S. Lewis
We can’t just feel. We have to think. We need to take Christianity seriously again.
We must embrace God’s calling to think well and love Him with all of our minds.
You can do this. Now’s the time. Are you ready?
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