There are some things more dangerous than a loaded gun in the hands of a criminal without a conscience. Ideas. specifically bad ideas in the minds of a people who have lost their conscience. In our culture today we are swimming in an ocean of bad ideas. The problem is that we are so used to the intellectual pollution that we have forgotten what good, wholesome, healthy, God-honoring ideas are. As a result our collective conscience had died.
Bad thinking does not lead to dead ends. It leads to dead people – physically, morally and spiritually. Take abortion for instance. When a woman aborts her child, the child is not the only casualty; usually the mother is as well. The baby dies a physical death, and the mother, having already died a moral death, begins to experience spiritual death as well.
Why did mommy have an abortion? Because somewhere, someone told her that it was a good idea. Before that, some politician convinced a rogue court that it was an idea implicitly embedded into the constitution. Before that some activist convinced women that it was an idea that would promote a woman’s health. Before that, it was practiced by people who knew the rest of society rejected abortion as a very bad and destructive idea – so they practiced it in the dark, so to speak. What was once considered an evil idea has today been transformed into a good idea; but, it’s still a bad idea – and a dangerous one too.
A bomb set off in a busy place can kill and maim many people. But once the explosion ends, the damage does as well. A bad idea set off in the right place begins to kill many people, but as the idea spreads, so does the damage it causes as well. But, unlike a bomb, the shockwaves of bad thinking continues endlessly until someone stops the aftershock with a counter assault. In that regard ideas are really like viruses. They keep breeding, spreading and destroying people until an antidote is discovered and employed.
The antidote to bad thinking is good thinking. Good thinking is grounded in truth; and undistilled truth can only be found in the Bible. Truth is a thing. It’s not just an airy sentiment. Bad thinking is a thing too – a dangerous one at that. If you saw your child playing with a loaded gun, you would quickly take it away! If you saw your child playing with a Bible, hopefully you would sit down with them and explain to them the love of God, and read it to them. In our society today, we are giving children loaded guns and teaching them to play Russian roulette. The consequences are obvious.
One of the worst ideas that have come along is the one that tells people who are looking at their children play with a loaded gun, that their child needs to explore, and convincing them that standing by and doing nothing is a good idea. “Oh, she is learning to think for herself!” No, she is being taught how to kill herself. But that is where we are today. I read where some nut-job wrote that teaching your kid the Bible is tantamount to child-abuse. Only an insane person could make such a statement. What’s worse, though, is the number of people who have swallowed the idea that all ideas are essentially equal, and therefore they think the nut-jobs comment is harmless.
Ideas are things. Good things build, and bad things destroy. When I look at the landscape of our culture, I see the effects of many, many bad ideas. The wreckage is everywhere. And every day we witness more expositions and casualties. I hold in my hand the Bible. I open its pages. Truth emerges, lives are rebuilt. Strongholds are laid waist, rubble is turned into a dwelling, and the shockwave of falsehood, and bad thinking crash upon its shores and discovers it can go no further. Christian, pick up your Bible, open it, read it, live it. The greatest weapon for good is already in our possession. Do not be ashamed of it! The lives of many depend on it.