The apostle Paul was on trial, explaining his defense of the gospel when "Festus said with a loud voice, 'Paul you are out of your mind; your great learning is driving you out of your mind.'"
While I disagree with Festus' conclusion, Paul was indeed a man of "great learning." He was educated, intelligent, and influential among the Jews. But after turning to Jesus, this was one of his conclusions about knowledge: "knowledge puffs up" (1Cor 8:1).
This was our first point of discussion at SuperSonic last Sunday. I wanted to bring this as the first idea for our young learners to consider, pray about, and evaluate in their lives. They are about to embark on a learning experience to gain knowledge about sound, lighting, and video equipment. They will possibly become "experts" to whom others look. And that quickly. How must they handle this new understanding?
They've heard that knowledge is power, that the smartest people are the best, automatically deserving respect, submission, and honor. But that is worldly wisdom, which just doesn't work in the economy of God, as our church has been learning in our series on 1 Corinthians.
What happened in Corinth? The believers had freedom regarding eating food sacrificed to idols. But that freedom led others into sin. "We know better," they said. "Idols aren't real." They were right. But they became "puffed up" in their understanding, and they didn't use love to transform their knowledge into service of others. Instead, they tempted others to go against conscience and eventually sin against God.
What's that have to do with church tech? Everything. How often do we as tech servants get in our heads that "we know better," that we are the "resident" experts? The fact is this: we're right. However, without a healthy suspicion of and battle against the pride in our hearts, we too will fail to apply love to transform that knowledge into service of others. We will actually worship ourselves and our "wisdom" instead of the One True God.
Pride is a daily temptation for me, and I'm confident that these young servants will face it as well. So, next week I'll be checking in with them more to find out how they are aware of and battling pride in their hearts.
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