By Joseph Diop
Copyright © 2017 by Joseph Diop
Ahh! The world of academia. Too often like empassioned children they rant, rave, and rage on about ideas that they present afresh to the world, but in reality, don’t have a clue about. It is for them, like Jesus said, “You have rejected the ‘key of knowledge’” (Luke 11:52). That key is the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord, which rests quietly in the bosom of born-again Christians in the person of the heavenly Father’s Holy Spirit. He is the Teacher, who is charged with expounding to us, “all things” (John 14:26).
It’s not that I have anything against study, research, or learning. What I do lament about is that starting from a position of an aggressive opposition to THE Truth, or a misinformed, and intentional, ignoring of truth, they hope to lead the world where, exactly? The Bible puts it very simply, “Thy word is truth” (John 17:17). Any rejecting of that as fact, leaves any would-be truth-seeker starting out in the absolute dark.
This week we hosted a guest from out of town, who was working on her PhD in public health. She noted the abundance of failing hospitals, the closure of hospitals, and the privitization of some hospitals in America. She was doing her dissertation on how the presence of “social capital” in a community affected the survival rate of at-risk hospitals. Her thesis was that social capital in a community greatly increased the chances that a hospital would survive, while hospitals in communities with lesser social capital failed. I inquired more deeply about the concept of social capital. As she explained it, I immediately felt the Holy Spirit moving in me to enlighten me. So, as we sat at dinner together that evening, I said, “I am meditating, and what I am receiving is that social capital is really nothing more and nothing other than love in action.” And from there, overnight, the Lord confirmed the original word, and I put out an Instagram poster the next morning, which serves as the featured image for this article.
What is referrred to as “Social Capital” by our scholars is in reality the love of God, operating through the hearts and hands of his people. In communities with strong and vibrant churches, and strong and vibrant members of those churches dispersed in that community, the Spirit of God will operate within them to unite them and to save anything that is connected to God’s purpose, including their hospitals. Hospitals, you see, are among the original institutions founded by churches and Christian people partnering together. It is through hospitals that the church maintains the presence of God’s mercy for those who are physically hurt or suffering. That is why to this day many hospitals are named after denominations of churches, saints, or causes of Christ. And many similar agencies, devoted to ministering God’s mercy in the community, sport the sign of Christ, such as, the Red “Cross.”
That morning following our dinner discussion, I did a little research online to see what was said in general about social capital. One site that I referenced was called Social Capital Research. This site alone listed at least twenty (20) different definitions for the phenomenon called social capital. So, what I found there reminded me of that ancient poem, The Blind Men & the Elephant. As the poem goes, six (6) blind men, who had no clue what they were inspecting, got hold of different parts of an elephant. One, getting a hold of the elephant’s trunk, declared the elephant was like a snake. One got a hold of its knee, and likened him to a tree. Another got hold of the tail, and declared him to be like a rope. Another feeling his side, proclaimed him to be a wall. One grabbed his tusk, and concluded he was like a spear. And the last fellow, examining his ear, surmised that an elephant was like a fan. The only common denominator here is that the men were all blind, thus each within the scope of his experience was partly right, but completely wrong at the same time. And at best, this is the state of academics, who do not start and end with the Word of God as their guide. So, how can these scholars correctly identify holy love-in-action, through the physical members of a living God — a God whose existence they are not even prepared to acknowledge in the first place??
Children of God, don’t be like these blind men. Rejoice that we have the Spirit of the living God on the inside of us, to correctly guide us is evaluating all things. Trust him. Lean on him. In gray or uncertain areas of life, put your trust in him to guide you successfully, so that you may be found pleasing to God. The word admonishes us,
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5,6 NKJV
Always trust and obey God’s Word. This is the best policy. Even when scholars, academics, judges, and “wise men” of our day, dispute the truth and viability of your thinking, still trust in the living God. For the Word of God tells us, “But the spiritual man has insight into everything, and that bothers and baffles the man of the world, who can’t understand him at all.” (1Corinthians 2:15 TLB). Beloved, the courage, resolve, and confidence of the Lord be with you, as you face the skeptics of our age. Amen.