My Mind is Made Up

My Mind is Made Up

RiverWalk Church of Christ Wichita Ks  Minister

”My mind is made up. Don’t confuse me with the facts!” Do you know anyone who might say this? Have you thought this, or said it at one time or another? A congressman is famously known to have said this regarding the Nixon Watergate scandal and his refusal to believe the overwhelming evidence against Mr. Nixon. Others are known to have said this or corollary quotes that say essentially the same thing. But I’m not concerned with others. I’m concerned about myself, and I’m concerned about you, especially when it comes to things spiritual. By the way, a fact is something that can be objectively, actually proven. A fact is actual existence, objective reality, actuality.
For example, do you know how much of what you believe is right or wrong comes from tradition and not from Holy Scripture? How much of your moral compass is based on Scripture, and how much is based on what has become the traditional, or the norm for this culture and this era? For example, we in this culture have in many cases come to believe that if a person would just find their bootstraps, pull themselves up by them, clean up and find a job, there would be no need for benevolence, either from government or from the private sector. The facts scream otherwise; yet many of us persist in that mistaken belief. And, is there a Scriptural basis for our belief, or does Scripture actually compel Christians to be generous and giving?
And insofar as worship is concerned, where do I begin? What do we believe to be right and wrong with the purpose of communion? Women’s role in worship and the church? Church organization? Instrumental or acappella music? Traditional or modern services? New songs or the old standards? Children’s church or worship with the adults? And the list could go on and on ad infinitum.
For those things on which we hold an opinion, what is our scriptural basis for it? And if we can cite a scriptural basis, does that scripture actually say what we believe it says, taking into account the context, era in which it was written, who it was written to, the purpose for the writing, etc?
Or do we hold that particular opinion on worship because of the traditional values handed down from the first (and following) leaders of the Restoration Movement…in itself a man-made, man-conceived movement subject to error and fallibility?
To make it all the more confusing, how many of us say something similar to, “Don’t confuse me with the facts,” when someone tries in love to open our minds to the possibility of another way of thinking? Are we factually certain of our beliefs regarding traditional versus modern services? New or old standard songs? Women’s role? Church government? Instrumental or acappella? Are we open to other ideas? Will we carefully consider them in the context of scripture or tradition? Are we willing to make a change in our world view when presented with the facts as facts are defined above? Or are we happy with the “alternative facts” that fit our preconceived perception of how things should be?
The Christian should always be open to growth, development, and modifying his or her world view in order to fit the facts. To modify the facts to make them fit one’s preconceived world view is not only wrong, it is sin, plain and simple. Jesus said, “I am the Truth.” If we are unwilling to believe the truth of the facts presented to us, and modify our world view accordingly, how can we ever hope to believe in Jesus Christ…The Truth?

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