You know it is amazing to me that Christians are often deemed the most close-minded of all people. That is a very common perception in our societies today. And I am sorry to admit that it is often true.
But it shouldn’t be true. For, if we truly believe that Jesus is the truth, then we should be the most open-minded of all people. For all truth will only lead us to Jesus: because He is the truth. Thus, if we hold to something that is not true, then that something hinders us from knowing Jesus well.
We are commanded in Scripture to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:30). Too often, however, we tend to place our mind in front of our heart. As a result we justify certain actions that, with any serious reflection, we know are not justifiable. Yet, we do them anyways.
As the people of God, this is not acceptable conduct. We must look beyond our own agendas and what we have been taught to think and believe and critically evaluate both what God thinks and what He has called his people to do and to be.
This is what this conference is about. A Reorg. A rethinking. A reshifting of our prior conceptions, attitudes, and practices in order to align them with God’s word, His mission, and His character.
Many of you might well say, ‘but I have no need of such reflection. I have made a priority in my life to fully aligned myself with Scripture in all that I am and all that I do.’ We applaud you indeed. We affirm your efforts. We admire your faith.
But it is always good to go in for a checkup on ocassion. Even bicycle tires loose air slowly; car alignments; so slowly that one may not have noticed. Often times we coast down the road and do not notice that we have been slowly drifting into the wrong lane; oncoming traffic has been flashing their lights at us. But we have been so convinced that we are going in the right direction that we may not have even noticed that we are doing so in the wrong lane!
One of the ways in which we often find ourselves unwittingly deceived is through unfiltering what we see and here. We call it propoganda. Propoganda is effective because most people are unwilling to believe that they are susceptible to it. Propoganda, we conclude, is blatant, obvious, and unbelievable. Propoganda is what everyone else succumbs to!
But a good propogandist knows better and is able to sway public consciousness by their subtle tactics. Since their info is clear, concise, and obviously in line with the facts on the ground, it cannot be propoganda. But effective propoganda exerts its powerful influence by limiting access to contradictory information. If all we ever hear is one side, then we will not only come to believe it, but we will necessarily come to believe it because we know of no alternative.