The Wandering Desert Monk

The Wandering Desert Monk

Monday, July 20, 2015

Thought shaping

Who shapes your thinking? Where do you get the way you view the world from? Most Americans get their information from the media. They decide what car to buy, what ice cream to eat, where to vacation from the information they see in advertisements. They get their politics, their worldviews, their spirituality from their favorite talking head, their friends and from their latest guru. The world around us works hard to get us to buy their goods.

St. Paul addressed this reality in these words:

“Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould, but let God re-mould your minds from within, so that you may prove in practice that the plan of God for you is good, meets all his demands and moves towards the goal of true maturity” (Romans 12:1-2 J.B. Phillips translation).

Many years ago a friend told me about his son’s graduation ceremony from a very liberal, free-thinking university. The ceremony was held in the wood. My friend shared that each of the graduates told about how the university had helped them become free thinkers. He said, “I looked at the group of graduates. I was struck by how they all were dressed the same with identical jewelry and haircuts. There was no originality in the group.” These young people had allowed their world to squeeze them into its world.

What is shaping your thinking?

Ronald Friesen © 2015

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