In one of my college classes a visiting speaker mentioned that Karl Marx was in a library when he developed the ideas that became the basis of communism and socialism. Marx’s ideas have led to deadly consequences.
He went on to ask the question, “Who is in the library now?”
Who is reading, studying, thinking, wrestling, doing the hard work necessary to create a culture-shaping movement?
I want to be part of a generation of Christians willing to “be in the library.” I want to love God with my whole being, including my mind. I want to think about how the Gospel speaks to our culture. I want to be prepared to offer a defense of my faith. I want to think about how the church should impact or even create culture.
What would be the results if this generation of Christians was as committed to King Jesus as Marx and his followers were to communism?
Lord and Savior, true and kind,
Be the Master of my mind;
Bless, and guide, and strengthen still
All my powers of thought and will.
While I ply the scholar’s task,
Jesus Christ, be near, I ask;
Help the memory, clear the brain,
Knowledge still to seek and gain.
Here I train for life’s swift race;
Let me do it in Thy grace;
Here I arm me for life’s fight;
Let me do it in Thy might.
Thou hast made me mind and soul;
I for Thee would use the whole;
Thou hast died that I might live;
All my powers to Thee I give.
Striving, thinking, learning, still,
Let me follow thus Thy will,
Till my whole glad nature be
Trained for duty and for Thee.
(Handley C. G. Moule)
Open-mindedness is greatly valued in today’s world, but it is also misunderstood.
Reflect on these words from G.K. Chesterton: “Merely having an open mind is nothing. The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.”
“There is nothing so absurd but some philosopher has said it.”
“Let the mind of the Master be the master of your mind.”
“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probable reason why so few engage in it.”
“Think all you speak, but speak not all you think. Your thoughts are your own; your words are so no more.”
(Dean Patrick Delany)