Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A Sword & Shield

This blog is dedicated to thinking carefully and learning more about our Christian convictions.  When we develop our minds to the glory of God, we become more complete disciples (Matthew 22:37).  By encouraging our ability to think and learn, we are served in at least two ways.  First, we grow the tools that we need to defend our convictions when they are questioned.  We need not feel threatened when the attacks come.  Good responses are out there, and we can do the work of discovering what they are.  This process of learning provides us with a shield to protect us from offensive arguments from our culture. 

Secondly, by developing our minds we also learn confidence that we know the truth, that what we believe corresponds to reality.  This confidence, then, allows us to take what we know out into our culture in the same way that a sword was used as an offensive weapon in ancient battles.

Don't go out into battle unarmed. Train your mind to enter into service of our Lord.

So a sword and shield. Offense and defense. Useful to "demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God (2 Corinthians 10:5, NIV)."