|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Living by faith”
Our Bible verse for today: “Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “But wait, maybe it is blind faith”
This morning I want to return us to our discussion from yesterday regarding blind faith. In that devotional I made the case that real faith in Christ is not blind faith. Instead, it is a well-informed and thoughtful decision based upon a preponderance of good evidence. Placing your faith in Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and then living a life as a faithful disciple of His, simply makes good sense.
But sometimes Christians are in fact guilty of having blind faith. Some Christians are not thoughtful. Instead, they’re thoughtless. They spend little time trying to understand their faith and not only can they not do a good job of explaining what they believe, they also can’t really explain why they believe it. They’re simply believing in something they have been told they should believe in, but their faith isn’t any deeper than that. That’s awfully close to being blind faith.
Christians also sometimes demonstrate blind faith with respect to cultural and political issues. They allow themselves to get caught up in and carried along with cultural trends, without really giving much thought to how those trends and practices correlate to Biblical truth. Likewise, Christians sometimes get so deeply immersed in radical political movements (on the left and on the right) that they end up endorsing extreme views or actions that are inconsistent with Christian faith and practice. That too can result from blindly following without really thinking.
In Romans 12:2 the Apostle Paul gave us a rule-of-thumb that should be applied to all of life. There he urges us to not simply conform to what others are thinking, saying, and doing, but instead to use our minds, engage our intellect, and compare everything to Biblical truth. Then we can make wise choices about our beliefs and conduct that truly do honor God and which are consistent with His Word.
Let’s not be too quick to give ourselves a pass and conclude that we’re not guilty of blind faith. Maybe, sometimes, we are. But God expects us to be wise, discerning, and intelligent individuals who think for ourselves and who do not blindly follow crowds or trends.
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