I’ve been fortunate to have a lot of quality, biblical training in my lifetime. It started at an early age and continued formally as I went through graduate studies. I love studying the Bible and seeing what God has done and continues to do in our world. I love seeing something I’ve never seen before.
And while knowing the Bible is important, it also highlights another truth. The more Bible you know, the more accountable you are. James says it is sin to know what you ought to do and not do it. Knowledge divorced from proper application of that knowledge is not biblical. That kind of accountability is frightening. Thank God for his grace and kindness when I fail to do what I know I should do.
The more you know and learn theologically, the more likely you are to become an elder brother. I’ve noticed this disturbing trend in others and I see it in myself as well. As knowledge increases, It becomes easier to look down on others who haven’t worked through the same issues as you. You become impatient with people who ask the same basic questions over and over. You are critical of those who offer overly simplistic answers that you know can’t be defended and were imparted to them by well-meaning pastors or believers.
Jesus had harsh words for the religious know-it-alls. I’d prefer he not have harsh words for me. That’s why I need to to remember that sometimes it doesn’t pay to be “smarter.”