Your Brain on God

29 Sep

As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one;  there is no one who understands;     there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away,     they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.” – Romans 3:10-12

In Stuart Briscoe‘s commentary on Romans 3:11 he explains the meaning behind Paul’s phrase, “there is none who understands” means

“that without exception the thought processes of men and women are so affected by sin that there will always be some degree of deficiency in their grasp of the truth as it is to be found only in the knowledge of God. This naturally leads to confusion in everything else because all things have their meaning in Him.”

No matter how intelligent or insightful someone is in a  particular area of study or profession, without God as the True North in their lives, there will always be some flaw in their way of thinking. They may be close, but never get it complete right until they themselves are right with God.

Briscoe continues…

“The politician who is confused about God will be confused about God’s world, which leads inevitably to a confused worldview and inadequate political solutions. The sociologist who does not adequately understand God cannot thoroughly understand God’s masterpiece – man – so he will be in error at some point in his sociology. The same thing must be said about all areas of human endeavor which are based on a warped or withered understanding of God.”

I see this all the time in books on management and leadership. The various approaches, both innovative and traditional, are so close to True, but always miss the mark at some point. Servant Leadership theory is perhaps the closest, since it is inspired by Christ’s example, but secular interpretations may fall short without God in the center of the mindset.

As we study theories and practices within our professions we must use caution and prayer to help us discern God’s view of the subject. How can we redeem a new model by viewing it through the lens of our worldview, which is based on the Bible? Our brains on God are the only true path to wisdom and understanding.


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