After reading the first chapter of J.P. Moreland’s Love Your God With All Your Mind, I agree with His assessment of the current crisis of evangelical anti-intellectualism. Many Christians are satisfied with only having a basic understanding of their own salvation, abandoning doctrine, theology, and ultimately what they believe and why. It is difficult to evangelize without a solid biblical understanding of salvation, scripture, and the relationship between God and mankind. God wants believers to be bold witnesses for Him, but many have never even shared their Faith! Why? Fear. Fear of being confronted without having all the answers, or fear that our own beliefs will be shaken. This is the result of anti-intellectualism. It’s easy to talk about something we know well, but if a subject is foreign to us we don’t want to speak up for fear of saying the wrong thing. We need to study hard to come to a full understanding of our beliefs so that when confronted we can be bold and efficient witnesses for Christ. Jesus Himself had to study to be ready for every situation that came before Him. Luke 2:52 “Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men”. Jesus is the ultimate example of how we should approach getting out of the rut of anti-intellectualism. Mary and Joseph once spent three days looking for Him only to find Him in the temple, talking with the religious leaders, asking questions and learning all He could. If only Christians today had this kind of dedication to learning and to faith. We must strive during our brief time on earth as stewards to take every advantage of the wisdom and knowledge provided us in the Bible.
It’s the start of a new semester!! I started this blog because my English Composition class requires it, but I figured why not use it as a way to get my photography and design work into the world. Feel free to comment and critique, I’m a work in progress so I can use all the help I can get! More photography coming soon!!