Pursuing Wisdom in a Fallen World.

Proverbs 2:6-7. For the Lord gives wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. He lays up sound wisdom for the righteous.”

Forty years ago A.W. Tozer saw the detrimental effect of entertainment on our souls and was concerned that in such an environment, Christians and churches would pursue amusements over wisdom.

Whether or not this has happened I leave to your discernment, but I repeat Tozer’s haunting, and in my view, prophetic words. “At this hour of world history the state of religion is such that the Church is in grave danger of losing the priceless treasure of wisdom. Her gold is being turned to copper and her diamonds to glass.”

Our ability to know whether or not this is happening is dimmed by our own entrapment to motion in the wrong direction. As C.S. Lewis reminds us, “When a man is getting better he understands more and more clearly the evil that is still left in him. When a man is getting worse he understands his own badness less and less.”

That I might be turning gold into copper and diamonds to glass is a sobering thought. Oh Lord, increase my hunger for wisdom.

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6 Responses to Pursuing Wisdom in a Fallen World.

  1. Dick Staub on March 18, 2011 at 9:35 am

    […] That I might be turning gold into copper and diamonds into glass is a sobering thought. Oh Lord, increase my hunger for wisdom. Read more. […]

  2. Susan Osborn on March 18, 2011 at 10:06 am

    I read this morning
    “Your first daily priority should be stillness, attention to what you really know and what you really feel. Don’t ‘network’ into meaningless relationships with colleagues who bore you; find the people who can make you laugh al night, who turn on the lights in your heart and mind. Do whatever work feeds your true self, even if it is not a safe bet, even if it looks like a crazy risk, even if everyone in your life tell you you’re wrong or you are wrong or bad or crazy.”

    And ” Don’t worry about losing your way. If you do, pain will remind you to find your path again and joy will let you know when you are back on it”

    from Leaving the Saints by Martha Beck

  3. Dick Staub on March 18, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Laugh? Turn on the lights of your heart and mind? Encourage towards work that seems crazy?
    Sounds very familiar! A weekend at the Hearth with Susan and others, but especially Susan.

  4. Kendall Ruth on March 18, 2011 at 11:23 am

    It is the thirsty and famished that dream of a gourmet meals and fanciful drink. I get the sense culturally within the Church, there are more people starving and dehydrated than ever from too long a diet of sawdust amusement. I suspect they are where wisdom will be sought the deepest…

  5. Dick Staub on March 18, 2011 at 11:33 am

    I hope you are right.

  6. Jason DesLongchamp on April 15, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    The thing that has occured to me recently is acknowledging that amusement isn’t at all a bad thing, but that it can’t be the primary reason for consuming a particular piece of media. I’ve realized that if I were to watch, read and listen to everything that I “like” I would a) never be able to do anything else and, therefore, b) waste my life. Just because a movie is good is not a reason to watch it–I don’t like the idea, but I now understand it’s a necessity.

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