Recently I watch an interview of Robert Sloan by Ed Stetzer. Dr. Sloan is the former president of Baylor University and current president of Houston Baptist University, a school that is experiencing tremendous growth.
During the interview Dr. Stetzer asked the question, “Why would anyone even consider Christian education when so many states are offering free tuition to the local community college?” Without hesitation Dr. Sloan answered, “Because ideas matter.” Then he quickly added, “How we live is a reflection of how we think.”
What Dr. Sloan rightly emphasized was the importance of the mind in the Christian life. Thoughts do in fact proceed actions. Therefore, it is vitally important that we develop a Christian mind if we are going to live a healthy Christian life.
Consider, for example, the importance of the discipleship of the mind as seen in the book of Philippians. Philippians paints a stirring picture of a vibrant Christian life. The book is so full of spiritual energy that the verses almost dance on the page.
Consequently, it is no surprise that there is an important place for the life of the mind in this letter. For example, Paul prays that these believers will abound in love with knowledge and all discernment so that they may live to please God (1:9-10). When he exhorts them to unity, he calls them to have one mind (1:27; 2:2). When he challenges them to grow in that necessary quality that makes all relationships better, humility, he calls them to “consider others as more important than ourselves and to have the “mind of Christ” (2:3;5). When describing his personal transformation, he says that the one thing that is better than everything is “the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus” (3:8). He says that mature people “think” a certain way while enemies of the faith have “minds set on earthly things” (3:19). Thinking about the right things, he writes, leads to living the right way which results in a deeper experience of the God of peace (4:8-9).
What these passages illustrate is exactly the point Dr. Sloan made. Ideas matter because there is a direct link between how we think and how we live. That is why at Christ’s Legacy Academy we consider the discipleship of the mind as one of the most important aspects of our mission. It is our hope that the next generation will be filled with godly Christian thinkers who embody mental clarity and spiritual vitality before a watching world. Thank you for joining us on this journey.