Empathizing with Our Neighbors

“We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,”

2 Corinthians 10:5


Everyone alive holds onto or subscribes to a particular worldview or concept of life that they believe aids them the most, and if we don’t take the time (something becoming increasingly rare) to look into others’ beliefs, whether they be similar or contrary to our own, we are making a grave mistake when trying to share with others the Good News of the Gospel.

See, nowadays most people refuse to dig deeper than the cute captioned quotes that they see on Facebook, and it’s now normal for the average person to hold a life philosophy based off of some simple one-liners that catch their attention on the internet. This, according to the Bible, is dangerous for multiple reasons. If you stay on the surface of philosophy (something closely weaved with religion), without asking the big and important questions of life, you won’t 1) Fully know God, or 2) Be able to defend your faith or belief in practically anything.

Have you ever asked yourself things like: Why does the universe exist? Why do I exist? How did I come to be? Is God real? How do I know I am real? Does life have a purpose? These are all examples of questions that Philosophers have been dealing with for thousands of years and questions that everybody should wrestle with throughout their lifetime. Those in Christ have a special duty to dive into these types of pools of thought, in order to discern, by the Bible, what is true and what is not, but also to inspect how those outside of God’s family see the world, so we can better empathize, understand, love, and break down false ideas held by those who need Jesus Christ as their Lord. In order to become a Christian, these kinds of questions (obviously) are a necessity, it is our job (but also our joy!) to awaken others to these sorts of realities, and to question what they already believe about them. For example, most people today believe there to be a god, or “higher power” of some form, they just couldn’t tell you which one they think is the “true” one (and the majority believes it’s impossible to find out!). Why do they think this? Are we as humans incapable of finding out this truth about the Universe? If God was real, would he/she/it make themselves known? How?

An easy way to get started in this form of engagement is to ask those you know, who don’t have a relationship with the Lord, how they see the world. Ask them as many questions as you can (in a respectful manner) in order to get a basic understanding of their worldview. Then, look into it. Research it, learn about it, and become intellectually equipped to speak to that individual when you next meet. Read books by authors who disagree with the biblical lens, and consider where they’re coming from. Ask even more questions, and analyze what you’re reading through the eyes of God’s Word. There is an immense payoff in this practice!

The God of the Universe has blessed each one of us with a working, computing, and deeply intellectual mind that needs to be wielded in order to reach people effectively. Let us use our highly complex and beautiful brains respectfully, truthfully, and above all else in service to Christ.  


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