Good Ideas Are Hard To Find

Good Ideas Are Hard To Find

Good Ideas

Not all ideas are the same.

For instance, there are some really great ideas—like landing on the moon or whipped cream. Then, of course, there are some not so great ideas—like ethnic “cleansing” or broccoli ice cream.

I really hope the broccoli ice cream is just a figment of my imagination.

In the course of human history, we have seen the rise and fall of empires, the collapse of civilizations, and the overhaul of governments. We have been witness to genocide, war, famine, and colonization. Americans even fought a war over independence.

All are prone to the allure of strange, unique, and complex ideas. Who was the first person to look at a cow’s udder and think, “I’m going to drink whatever comes out of that thing!” Okay, so that idea isn’t quite as life-altering, but still. Ideas are the things of dreams and the foundations for innovation.

It would behoove us to ponder the ideas we believe, and those which we promote. Do the ideas you support lead to human flourishing or destruction? Are you believing convenient lies over difficult truths? Do you believe anything at all?

Hopefully you believe in something. Even more hopefully you believe in the God who created the universe and everything it contains.

In 2 Corinthians 10:5-6, Paul writes to the church at Corinth, “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.

What is it exactly to which Paul is calling us?

First, Paul states that, “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God.” In our day, just as in Paul’s day, there are skeptics of Christianity. Aside from atheists, there are some who even assert that the historicity of Jesus is up for debate. Regardless of the eye witness accounts of the Gospels, there were Jewish and Roman writers who acknowledged Christ’s historicity. If God is God, then it is ignorant for us to assume that we know better than our creator. It is only through the intellect bestowed upon them by God that people are able to blaspheme and deny Him.

Second, Paul says to, “take every thought captive to obey Christ.” This gets to the very heart of ideas. Our thoughts are not some nebulous, uncontrollable chemical firings—they are the very desires and intentions of our hearts. In Matthew 5:28, Jesus makes this very clear by saying, “But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Thoughts are what drive us to either follow God or do evil. The desires of the heart manifest within the thoughts and ideas we have throughout the day. By taking our thoughts “captive to obey Christ,” we acknowledge His lordship over our lives.

Last, Paul tells them to “punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.” This isn’t license to ridicule or punish the disobedience of others. Instead, we are to punish our own disobedience. This punishment doesn’t mean you are to flog yourself or take a literal approach to Jesus’s parable and actually cut off your own hand. No, instead we are to bring our bodies—in all aspects—under submission to the will and law of God. When we discipline our bodies, we involve ourselves in the process of sanctification.

Ideas aren’t just ideas, and thoughts aren’t just thoughts. Each idea that pops into our heads should be conformed to the will of God. Only then will we be truly free to think.

Until next Monday, kwaheri.

 

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