Intellectual Rubble

Matthew 22:37 – [Jesus] said to [the expert in the law], “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” (HCSB) Deuteronomy 6:5 – Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. (HCSB)


I collect Biblical facts and assemble them like Legos in my mind. I jump at the chance to put my skills on display by quoting the Lord’s Prayer in Old English, using the original Greek and Hebrew language to end an argument, or even referencing a theologian’s ideas.

Knowledge is my safety net, my excuse for reclining in my navy blue chair with a good book and a piece of paper to jot down data. I bubble wrap myself with information so that I can look impressive without making myself vulnerable.

Heart. Soul. Mind. Strength. Our access to information these days is astonishing, anything I could possibly want to know I can research from my phone. And yet, both the Old and the New Testament – including our Savior Himself – begin the list with our hearts.

I can rattle off statistics about my husband all day long – his height, allergies, even his favorite sports teams. But marriage without love is dead. So too, our walk with God without love is dead.

Christianity is more than a feeling, more than a whim or an emotion. We love God because He first loved us. Rather than wallow in pity due to the intellectual tower I have created for myself, I am asking God to tear it down and form it into a foundation.

Father, give us a faith that is firmly rooted in Scripture. Remind us that knowledge is not the fruit of our labor, just the roots. 


Renae (TN)