Wrong Thinking Is Behind Wrong Living
Everybody knows this is true. It’s a very simple principle.
But right thinking is very hard. The forces wielding a distorting influence over our reasoning powers are immense. Though God is revealing himself all the time in every aspect of his creation (Romans 1:20) and his Word (Hebrews 1:1–2), Satan is constantly trying to blind us to that revelation (2 Corinthians 4:4). And indwelling sin mixes with culture, education, and life experience in a fallen world, producing lenses that warp our perceptions of almost everything.
We probably need to fear our susceptibility to wrong thinking more than we do. We get a picture of just how vulnerable we are to it in Peter when he tries to talk Jesus out of going to Jerusalem and to death. Jesus rebukes Peter saying, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the…