“Most of all, perhaps, we need intimate knowledge of the past. Not that the past has any magic about it, but because we cannot study the future, and yet need something to set against the present, to remind us that the basic assumptions have been quite different in different periods and that much which seems certain to the uneducated is merely temporary fashion.
A man who has lived in many places is not likely to be deceived by the local errors of his native village; the scholar has lived in many times and is therefore in some degree immune from the great cataract of nonsense that pours from the press and the microphone of his own age.”
-CS Lewis, “The Weight of Glory”
Now, more than ever, we see the widespread misuse of information in this technological age. You can’t search a topic without reeling in a net of fish, jumping for your attention. Even a leisurely scroll down your Facebook feed usually has you tail spinning into a blog on your parenting decisions or a report on the political agenda at bay.
As smart and introspective as I uphold my favorite Christian author, CS Lewis, he isn’t the first to give this warning against deception in the form of intellectual attacks. Our Lord and Savior predates him.
Jesus warned us in Matthew 10:16,“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” He had such a magnificent talent of taking a vastly intricate subject and surmising it in a quick life lesson snapshot that could be circled back to from every rabbit trail of questions that arise with studying it. And all before lunch, which He catered.
You have heard it said, “knowledge is power.” I would expound upon this saying. Knowledge is powerful in the neutral essence. It can empower you to do more, be more and live more freely. It can armour you to guard yourself and those in your charge against the evil that presents itself as bad philosophy. Conversely, it can blind you, entrance you, and enslave you. If you go about your way, listening unfiltered to every ounce of information and philosophy and opinion that is tossed at you, you will find yourself feeling like a glitched update on your gps; internally re-routing down every side street and back alley of bad theology, literary falsehood and fallacious statistical research.
As a novice writer to a blog, I do not discount my own opinion from this concept to you, Reader. In fact, I look back at my own experience of accepting every Tom, Rick and Sally’s opinion on whatever topic I ingested, and I shudder at the metastasized rate I allowed popular philosophy and loud ideas to dictate my direction. Thank you, Jesus, you life-flighted me out of that era and radiated some truth into my soul.
Check facts, cross reference resources, and verify statements. But always, ALWAYS align your absorption of whatever information is flying at you with our best reference- God’s unfailing, living Word.
See through the scripture lens and take a Holy Spirit strength magnifying glass to all genres and subjects. Being cognizant of the fact that wolves come dressed in sheep’s clothing will help us to guard our hearts and our minds. Armor yourself with the best defense against intellectual attacks of the enemy.
“Above all else, guard your heart,for everything you do flows from it.”
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
Innocent as doves, yes. But shrewd as serpents, friends. Wise up, Suit up, Filter down! Happy scrolling😇
Take care and God bless,