Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Every Thought!

2 Corinthians 10:5 instructs us to take every thought captive to the obedience of Jesus Christ. Every thought! Every thought!

Think about that for a moment; every thought. No exceptions, no special cases. Every last thought. Think of the ramifications!

We don’t do anything without thinking about it. We may not think about it for very long, we may not think about it very well, we may not think about it very thoroughly, but we think about everything that we do. And every one of these thoughts that we think should be thought in terms of how it relates to obedience to Christ. And if every thought that is thought is brought into obedience to Jesus Christ, every action flowing from those thoughts must necessarily also be brought into obedience to Jesus Christ.

So when Scripture tells us to take every thought captive to the obedience of Jesus Christ, it implies that every action must also necessarily be brought captive to the obedience of Jesus Christ. But that isn’t all, it implies something more. The command to bring every thought captive to the obedience of Jesus Christ also implies that the Bible somehow addresses every thought that can be thunked and every thing that can be done. No exceptions. No roped off areas. No God free zones. No exemptions ever, at any time, concerning anything.

Put this all together and we see that everything that can be thought and everything that can be done can, and must, be thought and done in a distinctively Christian manner.

Math must be done in a distinctively Christian manner; the mathematician must bring his mathematical thoughts into obedience to Christ. God addresses mathematics in His word, it has a purpose in relation to Him. It, like everything else that exists, is from Him and through Him and to Him (Romans 11:36).

The historian must approach history from a distinctively Christian perspective, bringing all his historical thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ. Always keeping in mind what the study of history is meant to teach us according to the word of God.

Education, the transfer of thoughts from the teacher to the student, must be done in a distinctively Christian manner; transferring Christ captivated thoughts to the students.

Law making must be done in a distinctively Christian manner; the law maker must bring his law making thoughts into obedience to Christ. The laws that he seeks to establish must be those that please Christ in accordance with His revealed will in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments.

Penology and Penological thoughts must be brought captive to the obedience of Christ. Justice must be served as God defines it and reveals it and the punishment of criminal activity must accord with the revelation of God.

The auto mechanic must bring his mechanical thoughts and actions captive to the obedience of Jesus Christ.

We could go on and on and on. Unless a person stops thinking altogether there is nowhere to hide from the responsibility to submit every detail of life to Jesus Christ. Now there’s something to think about!

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