prudence? never heard of her.

It seems as though there has been an ongoing fixation on the inhibition of intelligence among Christians.  How on earth do we claim to be children of the Creator, but insist on ignoring the intellect behind creation?  I suppose I somewhat understand the reason for it; I’m sure all of this arose out of our obtuse human nature and our need to congratulate ourselves on our flawed academic achievements.  Be that as it may, notable men throughout the Bible were known to be associated with Jesus because of their eloquence, wisdom, and intelligence.  If we serve an omniscient Creator, why shouldn’t our faith improve and rectify our intelligence, since He is the author of it?  Based on what I’ve observed, we avoid scholarly conversations with non-believers out of fear that we won’t always know how to answer.  But that is precisely the opposite of everything that we have been commissioned to fulfill.  Jesus ate with sinners because He knew they were souls to be won, people to be saved, lives to be made whole.  The church should welcome those who doubt, because the church knows the Answer (hint: it is Jesus).  In 1 Peter we are instructed to “always be ready to give a logical defense to anyone who asks you to account for the hope that is in you, {and to} do it courteously and respectfully”.  I am not suggesting Christians leave their roles in the ministry to chase intellectual pursuits, but I am suggesting they embrace it.  Just think of all the influence there could be if there were more believers who were scientists, psychiatrists, financial analysts, engineers, politicians.  What if, with our God-given minds, we set out to transform an unbelieving world instead of fighting it?  

THAT  is the race set before us, and we are called to  r u n .