At this point Festus interrupted Paul’s defense. “You are out of your mind, Paul!” he shouted. “Your great learning is driving you insane.”
Acts 26:24 NIV
One of the most consistent criticisms of Christianity is about the lack of intellectual depth. On some occasions, this is condescension born from the intolerance of those who refuse to consider there could be a spiritual realm. Unfortunately, others grow weary of the thin arguments presented by superficial and self-righteous Christians, who condescendingly respond to any questioning of their faith with intolerance. If we are to be the light, we must, like Paul, be people who learn. By this I do not mean we should all be scholars. This is certainly not my goal, as there are plenty already out there providing great resources. However, we should have depth. This depth should be in our relationship with God, which means a deep knowledge of His word, devotion to prayer, and experience of the Holy Spirit, which all combine to give us the capacity for deep thinking about this world. “Deep Thinking” is what will make it possible for us to explain our faith to a confused or curious world in an inspiring way.