John Alan Turner

Speaker, Author, Mentor, Coach, Facilitator

Loving God with all Your Mind

Once we have begun to engage culture by building bridges of grace and telling the truth about ourselves, we must be equipped to carry the conversation all the way through. And by that I mean we'll probably have to study up a little. We have to know history better than we do. We have to know science and art history and music and literature. We have to engage in rigorous academic pursuit, understanding that we are doing no favors to the cause of Christ if we continue the anti-intellectualism that has plagued contemporary Christianity for the last century.

It would be wise to target certain fields of study and encourage our young people to pursue those areas in a targeted fashion. For example, where are the Christian artists of our time? We need Christian historians, biologists, composers, physicists and economists. By this, I do not mean people who are both Christians and professionals. I mean people who approach these fields of knowledge from a Christian perspective – seeing all truth as God’s truth and reclaiming the worlds of academia, the arts, our government, et cetera for the glory of God.

Just imagine a world where God’s redeemed community is a beacon on a hill, a shining light overcoming the darkness of our world. Think about what could be if Christians took seriously God’s invitation to partner with him in the redemption of not merely souls but culture as well. If we fought for academic integrity in our ranks with as much vigor and passion as we fight for political power, then we would be more likely to find a true seat of influence, and we would have earned the right to sit in it.

Sometimes, we don’t pursue academics because we’re lazy. Other times, maybe, we don’t purse academics, because we think that this will lead us to truths that prove we are wrong about our faith. But Christians need not fear. Study biology, and you’ll find more evidence for an Intelligent Designer than for random evolution. Study sociology, and you’ll find more evidence for natural law than for survival of the fittest. Study art and music and literature, and you’ll find Christians who understood that creativity was a reflection of God’s character and should be used to his glory. Unfortunately, you won’t find as many in the last 100 years as you will in centuries past. But we can begin to change that.