The Testing Floor

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Not much wisdom in ‘wisdom issues’?

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I owe a lot to the book Guidance and the Voice of God, the Phillip Jensen/Tony Payne guide to Christian decision-making. One of the best things about it was the classification of decisions into:

1. Matters of righteousness (matters in which the Bible offers explicit instruction)

2. Matters of good judgement (matters in which the Bible offers general principles) – aka ‘wisdom issues’

3. Matters of triviality

I find this works really well, because it affirms that Christianity is an all-of-life thing that includes every decision you make. It also affirms that the Bible’s more than a list of instructions and commands, and we need to look further than just the commandments when making our decisions.

But I wonder whether we can get a bit complacent, especially with regard to point 2 – the matters of good judgement, or ‘wisdom issues’.

I’m sure Jensen and Payne never meant it this way, but it seems like when we use the term ‘wisdom issue’, we often really mean ‘just do what you want’ – which doesn’t seem to involve much ‘wisdom’ at all!

We tend to give much less thought to them than to the matters of righteousness. But if anything, I’d suggest that ‘wisdom issues’ involve much more thought than those matters.

When a situation calls for wisdom rather than simple, uncompromising obedience, perhaps we should be thinking much harder about our actions – digging deep into God’s Word for the principles we should follow, considering the effects of our decisions on ourselves and those around us, and examining closely and humbly our intentions and thoughts to see whether they honour God.

(as a side note: This is what, in future posts, I’ll be trying to do in exploring video games. We’ll try to look at some of the attractions that gaming offers, some of the good things they provide and the pitfalls to avoid.)

What do you think? Is your experience of the treatment of ‘wisdom issues’ similar? Do you think we need to encourage our people to give more thought to them?

Written by Mike Leong

July 28, 2010 at 9:20 pm

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Why I don’t blog

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Blogs have been around for ages: Why’s it taken so long for me to start?

Simple reason, really.


It’s the same reason why I don’t ask too many questions in class, why I tend not to disagree with people, why I’d rather just smile and nod rather than express my own opinion. Fear of being wrong, fear of embarrassment, fear of being shut down.

But what does that say about me? I’d rather stick to believing my lies and feeling good, than having my lies corrected and being built up? The latter’s obviously better than the former, even if it hurts a bit. And if I can’t do this in a community of love like College, then I won’t be able to do it anywhere.

Hence the title of the blog: The Testing Floor. I may not always be right, but maybe as I put some ideas out there I’ll have the opportunity to be corrected and sharpened by you guys out there. It’s putting Proverbs 27:17 into practice – ‘Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.’

Written by Mike Leong

October 16, 2009 at 4:05 am