PASTOR'S PEN: The Danger of Information Without Wisdom

By Pastor Robert Sponable

Lake Community Bible Church

In February, my wife Nancy and I enjoyed a three week vacation in Florida staying in Bradenton with old friends. The weather wasn’t all that warm (28 degrees one morning). However, when compared to the sub-zero temps being experienced in Michigan, it was a heat wave.

While there I had the privilege of talking with a very gifted and interesting 14-year-old young lady (I always enjoy talking with young people). We had several conversations which allowed me to "get inside her head" a bit, or should I say her "heart". This girl was enrolled in a school that was established to work with advanced and gifted students and she was even taking some college introductory courses.

I was very impressed with the wealth and diversity of information she had. She shared her thoughts on human sexuality as well as psychological, social, moral, and spiritual issues. She voiced her concerns for her future education and vocational interests.

Not that I should use my concerns and interests as a 14-year-old (they were sports and girls) as a standard, but all I could think was, “Wow, this girl knows so much!”

As we had more opportunities to talk, I asked her if she had answered the basic questions of life: Where does she come from? What was her purpose in living? Were there any absolutes to govern her life? What was her responsibility to her fellow man? Who was her God? Did she know where she would spend eternity? Basically, I was asking her what her worldview was.

It appeared to me that the educational system was causing her to gradually forsake her Biblical worldview, i.e. looking at the world through the truth of the Bible, which enables us to see the world as it truly is. Also enabling us to accurately interpret good and evil, God and man, right and wrong and properly view history, science, and society.

That Biblical worldview was being replaced with a man-centered secular worldview. My heart was broken and burdened for this attractive, gifted teen and millions of others like her, who are given all kinds of information in our educational system concerning many subjects, but no WISDOM to help them use that information properly to build healthy lives and relationships.

The Bible states clearly that "The fear (reverential respect) of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom (skillful living); A good understanding have all those who do His commandments…" (Psalm 111:10 & cf. Proverbs 9:10). We are giving our children all this mountain of information and have taken from them any reference to God and His infallible instruction Book for man…the Bible (Psalm 119:105).

Why should we be surprised when they wander through their teen years with no moral bearings? Why should we be surprised when they flock to beaches during their spring breaks to act like animals? They are informed, but are destroying their lives for their lack of wisdom.

They don’t know how to use that information to benefit them.

In Jeremiah 4:22 we read God’s indictment against His earthly people (Israel)…"The LORD says, My people…are experts at doing what is evil, but failures at doing what is good." (Good News Bible). That indictment is certainly true of America today. We are experts at kinky, dishonest, weird, perverted, sinful, evil behavior (even applauding and rewarding those who practice such things) and ignorant as to what is good.

My prayer for my young friend and our country is the same as Paul’s desire for the Church in Rome "…I want you to be wise in what is good, and innocent (naïve) in what is evil ” (Romans 16:19).

King Solomon, after observing life and trying everything available for happiness, came to the following conclusion…"The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person " (Ecclesiastes 12:13).

"He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life." (I John 5:12).

Jesus said, "…I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly."