I LIKE THE TONGUE-IN-CHEEK definition of philosophers one of my seminary professors would occasionally use. It's classic: "Philosophers are people who talk about something they don't understand and then make you think it's your fault!"
I LIKE THE TONGUE-IN-CHEEK definition of philosophers one of my seminary
professors would occasionally use. It's classic: "Philosophers are people
who talk about something they don't understand and then make you think it's
Lots of philosophies are floating around, and most of them are downright
confusing. Interestingly, those that are clear enough to be understood
usually end up focusing full attention on the individual. Consider a few of
Education says, "Be resourceful; expand yourself!"
Psychology says, "Be confident; assert yourself!"
Religion says, "Be good; conform yourself!"
Epicureanism says, "Be sensuous; enjoy yourself!"
Materialism says, "Be satisfied; please yourself!"
Pride says, "Be superior; promote yourself!"
Humanism says, "Be capable; believe in yourself!"
Philanthropy says, "Be generous; release yourself!"
Yourself, yourself, yourself. We're up to our gills with it! Do something
either for yourself or with yourself or to yourself. How very different
from Jesus' model and message! He offers rather a fresh and much-needed
invitation to our "me-first" generation. Jesus says, in effect, "Be a
servant . . . give to others!" (see Mark 10:45). In today's vernacular,
we'd say, "Just chill!" Now that's a philosophy anybody can understand.
And, without question, it is attainable. Here's how God sees it:
Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you
this warning: Don't think you are better than you really are. Be honest in
your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has
Know what all that means? Let's stop thinking so highly of ourselves, our
gifts, our contributions, and our abilities. Stop permitting two strong
tendencies—selfishness and conceit—to control you! Let nothing that either
of these words suggests win a hearing. Replace "selfishness" and "conceit"
with "humility of mind." That's the ticket.