God is sovereign over the amount of intellect he has chosen to bestow upon his children. It is a gift with purpose that we are able to analyze, reason, and dissect truth. To take this beautiful gift and bury it in the sand is not only unfortunate, but blatantly sinful. We are to be good stewards of the talents God has given us (Matthew 25:14-30); this includes our intellectual capabilities. Frustratingly, I often see believers of my generation attempting to grasp faith without intellect. This may work for a short time, but eventually their “child-like faith” rooted only in evanescent emotions will disintegrate in the face of questioning. This is why I strongly believe that as sons and daughters of the High King, we are obligated to be intellects, each to our own extent, and to help guide others into that same educated faith that flows from our heads to our hearts.
It is because of his abundance generosity that God graciously allowed the gift of knowledge to be common grace, falling on the righteous and the unrighteous (Matthew 5:45). But I am becoming more and more convinced that the primary purpose of the gift of intelligence is to increase our delight in and for God. As the creator of intellect, and the most intelligent being in existence, He has designed us so that as our knowledge increases, our love, admiration, wonder, and attraction to the triune God of Scriptures should increase as well. Knowledge points us to God.
The second purpose for which God created us as intellectual beings, as clearly stated above, is to shepherd others. We are not to just keep all this information and truths to ourselves; what selfish beings we would be! Instead we are to firmly and graciously feed truth to everyone willing to digest it. We need to do this for both the believer and the non-believer alike, pointing out ways in which we see them manifesting the truth that they are indeed made in the image of God. When a brother or sister, starts to stray, we must be at the first line of defense, ready with Scripture in hand to help walk them through biblical orthodoxy and return them to the truths found at the foot of the cross.
Last Sunday, my Pastor Joel DeVinney, took a break from his exegetical saunter through Ephesians to preach on Homosexuality. He entitled it, “Not the Same-a Biblical Response to Homosexuality” and acknowledged the unfortunate amount of churches promoting same sex marriage as acceptable and pleasing in God’s eyes. He took us through the Word and through the history of the Church, asking us to see clearly how God truly feels about the issue. He ended our time of worship through preaching, by providing us with both ramifications of this occurrence, and biblical responses to it. What a blessing our Pastor is! He not only protected his congregation from falling into the deceitful web of tolerance but he also provided them with tools of truth to more lovingly serve the homosexual community and God.
I want to end with a quote that always comes to my mind whenever I read about/think about Biblical Intellectualism; it speaks for itself: “The ability to defend our faith comes with the responsibility to live it.” May this be our prayer.