Have you ever been asked to give your view, opinion or philosophy on something? Whether it’s your view of the world, politics, business or religion, the invitation to express it seems to be more popular today than ever before. It is also flattering because the questioner inflates your ego by asking for your opinion about a certain subject. What’s soon discovered, especially in small groups or on Internet blogs, is that the views can be as many, as varied, and as contradictory as the people themselves are. While it’s tempting to respond to a request by trying to formulate an “acceptable” viewpoint on whatever the subject, the apostle Paul warns against being misled by the views of others: “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Col. 2:8).
In a world full of differing world views, Paul warns us of the subtle mind games the enemy plays to build up man and diminish Christ. So, the next time you’re asked for your view on a subject, before you respond take a moment to consider these questions: Is my view consistent with what the Bible says? What would Jesus say? When you do this you are formulating your own view in the light of God’s Word.
In addition to warning us, Paul also tells us that every time we present a view that’s based on God’s Word “we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5). Our opinions will only be as solid as their foundation, and what better foundation is there than Christ, “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (1 Cor. 3:11; Col. 2:3).
We hope that this month’s Feature articles will help you adjust your world view.
By Larry Ondrejack
With permission to publish by: Sam Hadley, Grace & Truth, 210 Chestnut St., Danville, IL., USA. Website: www.gtpress.org