The mind of Christ…
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by
the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2a (NIV)
Our minds are so crucial to our existence, and are powerful in determining who and what we are.
But, our minds are only as good as the information and knowledge that it is fed. When wrong information is given, it leads to a person making decisions that have a far reaching and potentially detrimental effect on them, those close to them, and upon those whom they have influence over.
There are various ways that our minds are fed knowledge and information. It is the home environment, formal education, individual life experiences, media; and propaganda.
It is interesting how the “masses” are influenced by propaganda. Some propaganda can be good. Other is used to promote a self interest agenda, and to manipulate the “masses”. An example would be the rise of Hitler and the Nazi party in the last century.
What we need to remember as Christians, is that there is an insidious influence upon the world and how it functions. It is difficult to remember this due to the propaganda that says otherwise. Popular propaganda (around the world but more so in the developed western world) says that it is okay to do certain things because everyone else is doing it. Further propaganda says that “I have rights and I am in control of my life”. This all “feeds” into the mind and produces a response of: “I am not responsible / accountable to anyone. What you think is wrong, is right for me.”
As Christians, we are exposed to this propaganda as much as anyone else. However, because we are Christian we need to temper / evaluate / scrutinise what we are “feeding” our minds. We should be “feeding” our minds with the “mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16). How do we do that? We do it through absorbing everything that promotes an authentic and orthodox Christianity. This is achieved primarily through immersing ourselves in the Word of God. It is when we do this that our minds are transformed and we no longer give heed to the way of the world.
Let us ask for the Holy Spirit to remove the veil propaganda creates and see the truth of our situation for what it is,