Thinking Christianly (January 3, 2019)

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect,” (Romans 12:2; NASB).

Harry Blamires, a disciple of C.S. Lewis, lamented in 1963, “There is no longer a Christian mind,” (Blamires, The Christian Mind, pg. 3). By this pronouncement, Blamires sought to call attention to the fact that Christians, while generally thinking biblically about matters to do with the Bible, had largely outsourced to the world their thinking on all other matters to do with the world. As evidence of this prevalent malady, he further pointed to the loneliness that often accompanies any attempt to think “Christianly” about any matter generally thought to be outside the jurisdiction of the Bible or the church.

“Anyone who wishes to experience this loneliness should try the following experiment. Take some topic of current political importance. Try to establish in your own mind what is the right policy to recommend in relation to it; and do so in total detachment from any political alignment or prejudice; form your conclusions by thinking Christianly. Then discuss the matter with fellow-members of your congregation. The full loneliness of the thinking Christian will descend upon you. It is not that people disagree with you. (Some do and some don’t.) In a sense it does not matter. But they will not think Christianly. They will think pragmatically, politically, but not christianly,” (Ibid., pg. 14).

Many of us have felt this loneliness at one point or another. Formulate a perspective on a political, ethnic, social, or economic matters without reference to the cultural elites and their grandiose theories (on the ‘Right’ or the ‘Left’). You will either be ignored or quickly be made the subject of ridicule, scorn, or sharp rebuke. Though this phenomenon is becoming less common in some circles in our day—thanks largely to the rise in popularity of the PC backlash figures such as Ben Shapiro and Jordan Peterson and the rise of Christian cultural commentators such as Al Mohler and James White—there is still a propensity to frown on thinking Christianly in the public square.

This is precisely the task we at Citizen Priest hope to undertake each Thursday, Lord-willing. We hope you will be able to join us as we comment on the news and events of the week. Until then, have a blessed week as you serve your heavenly nation as pilgrim priests.