All people are equal, but all ideas are not. If we treat ideas the way we are to treat people we will harm people. Truth is not indigenous to people, it is revealed from God. When God brought the Hebrew people group out of Egypt to make them a nation, they did not already know how to be a nation. They only learned how to be slaves from the Egyptians. God gave Moses the law to teach the people how to become a great nation in the promised land. The foundational teachings of nationhood come from Mount Sinai. God had to get Egypt out of them, and the covenant way of life into them.
We do not hear God telling the people to keep the ways of Egypt or any other land. Today we have elevated ideas to the status of the people who have them. Because of the abuses of colonialism and our modern judgment of them, we have retreated significantly from discipling nations in truth. In so doing, we consign cultures to darkness while trying to deliver individual people unto salvation in Jesus Christ.
Moreover, we embrace the cultural ideas of foreign lands serving foreign gods into our own nation. We go beyond the freedom of religion, to Continue reading Love People but Judge Their Ideas
The first day of my Advanced English class, my professor announced to the class that we needed to get one thing straight before we commenced the semester. She then declared unequivocally that there is no absolute truth. She asked if that was settled or if anyone objected. My hand shot up. My heart was pounding as she and the class turned their attention on me.
“Ok then give me a fact, any fact,” she challenged.
“The earth is round,” came my response.
“Have you measured it?” She taunted.
I stared at her confused as to her retort.
“Give me another fact,” she persisted. Continue reading Truth and Facts: What’s the Truth?
Worldviews are like edifices. They are a structure of thoughts built into our minds. We look out at the world through the windows of this structure. Our visibility corresponds to the strength or weakness of our structure in relation to what is true. We will see reality more accurately the more our structure is aligned with truth and less accurately the more the structure errs.
Our structure has many rooms designed by experience, assumptions, and what we have gleaned learning from others either on purpose or by mindless absorption. To use a Star Trek reference it is like a Borg Ship, where we have assimilated ideas that we have come in contact with throughout the years of our life. We are all assimilating the data into our mental structure whether we do it on purpose or not. Very few think about the structure that is being built. We think with it all the time, but never about it. Very few people know there is a thought structure inside the mind. Continue reading Building Your Worldview Truth By Truth
No one thinks in a vacuum. Ideas have a history, and I want to know that history. I want to know why I think like an evangelical conservative Christian. I want to know how my worldview developed. How did I come to think about liberty, property, democracy, eschatology, and theology the way that I do? Moreover, how did the masses of people who think like me or unlike me come to think as they do?
We would all like to think that we think rightly. But regardless of whether our thoughts and assumptions are aligned with truth, who brought that way of thinking to light and how did it get packaged in such a manner that I think it today? I find the history of ideas fascinating. Continue reading Who Are You Thinking?
Americans have the corner market on democracy. Democratic equality has permeated every fiber of our culture. We have taken a governmental structure and made it the core of culture. We individualized it, marketed it, and sold it. Consequently, we created a cultural monster that wants its needs met. The government was instituted among men to protect our equal right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. But what happens when we redefine the terms of what government is to protect? What happens when we misapply equality?
If equality means that I have an equal right to a certain level of income, a responsibility is placed upon government to protect my right to receive that amount. The free market economy gets plundered by a government trying to fulfill its presumed roll to even the playing field. The people become the children waiting for their parental government to ensure they are well fed. Conservative author Russell Kirk puts it succinctly, “Equal justice is indeed a natural right; but equal dividend is no right at all.” Conservatives balk at the usurpation of our rights, while liberals rejoice in the fulfillment of them. When we define the basic premise incorrectly the error becomes legitimized
This has happened with the change in marriage laws. Continue reading The Exchanging of Political Ideas — Joining the Debate
What if you could look at an object and have its history mapped out before your eyes? You consider a book and a timeline unfolds tracing all the ideas back to their origin. You walk through the door of an institution and its history fills-in, in complete detail, as you traverse the hallways.
There are people who have such knowledge. They hear an idea and can tell you of the philosophers who first introduced it according to known history. Others read a style of writing and can identify the writers who influenced this author. Some can hear a musical composition and can tell you the history of the style and what songs influenced the composers. But for most of us, learning the origins of ideas, institutions, culture, and worldviews requires Continue reading It’s a Wonderful World
Literally anything can be the spark that ignites into a composition. However, it is seldom one spark, but a whole train of thoughts and experiences that coalesce into an idea. The idea bounces around in my thoughts for a while. It grows as I consider the concept. It accompanies me as I read, think, and interact with others. I am always looking at what forms our way of looking at the world. Where do the ideas originate. How do I get at the core of what motivates our thinking. How do I highlight healthy thinking and expose the entrapment of errant thinking.
At some point in this process, the idea begins to formulate into something I can mold into words. It strengthens within. Often the sentences begin to form in my mind. One sentence will lead to the next on an invisible sheet of paper. I write in my head before I make it visible. Once the writing begins inside, it is begging to be made manifest. Then I write.
I begin with what I wrote on that invisible mental page, and then, from there, flows the rest. I pull on all the thoughts, experiences, and research calling it forth like a Continue reading My Writing Process