June 11, 2007
Losing, Regaining, and Retaining objectivity
I note that "objectivity" has a variety of definitions.
Most of them refer in some way to the ability to align one's mind with
external realities. Romans 6 holds some principles for dealing with
sin and I think it particularly parallels what we should do in the case
of a loss of objectivity.
1. Reckon reality (Romans 6:11) To reckon or consider- logizomai- is
an accounting term. As I focus on the facts of God's objective reality,
and reckon something to be true, it demands a logical and emotional
response. I need to do an internal audit as well as an external one.
The best case is to have an external auditor who can offer objectivity
2. Reject the reign of the false (Romans 6:12) When we rationalize,
we turn inwards to look for authority.
3. Render yourself as a righteous instrument (Romans 6:13)- we cannot
just stop at rejecting the false we have to actively pursue what is
Some other principles:
Refocus our attention on the proper objective in repentance
Reference a different perspective
Reclaim your mind through meditation
Receive and regard wise counsel (as with David's relationship with Nathan
We can gain much from the wounds of a faithful friend. This can also
attain in a leadership role by empowering our fellow workers to practice
kind honesty. If we surround ourselves with yes men and women we will
never be able to see an alternate perspective. In my case, my best friend
is my wife. She speaks the truth in love to me and helps me reckon reality
on a regular basis. When emotions try to rule, she patiently guides
me to truth and helps me see error. This is sometimes a very humbling
and even painful experience, but love tempers the pain and makes it
possible to see the light.
Anthony Foster - Jun 6, 2007 2:17 pm (18.10.1)
Midian experiences and objectivity
I've had one. In the end it was tremendous grace to me but it did not
seem to be so at the time. In the end I had a newfound objectivity.
I think it was Tozer who said that God cannot use any person greatly
until he has been bruised deeply. I know not everyone agrees with that.
What do y'all think?
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