Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Team!: The good, bad & ugly of common sense (A very short post)

Common sense is defined, in part, as “native good judgment.”

So what sense is it when the native’s are restless?

Just because something becomes culturally mainstream does not make it good or right, just ubiquitous.

(Starbucks is an exception. It is good.)

Teamwork is a perennial popular buzzword, and, we’re reminded, there is no “I” in teamwork.

The individual subsumes to the group. It’s a cultural virtue; practically a mandate.

Read 1 Kings 18:16-39, the story about Elijah and the 450 prophets of Baal.

Elijah’s actions were culturally out of step and devoid of “common” sense.

Instead of acceding to the team, he took a stand as an individual.

Rather than hoping for more common sense, maybe our prayer should be,

“God grant me the determination to dwell in your Word;
the courage to confront what is counter to it;
and the wisdom to know the difference.”

When common sense isn’t informed by a biblical worldview, it’s probably not a good thing. Although mainstream common sense seems to eschew all things holy, avoiding even the appearance of religion. How do you define common sense? When have you seen it in action in a good way? In a bad way? Please share your common sense thoughts in the comments!

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