Out of the Heart
For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.
Mao Zedong believed sparrows were pests, and he initiated a campaign to eradicate sparrows in China. But he was wrong. Sparrows are natural predators to locusts. With the sparrows all gone, the locusts multiplied, devastating Chinese agriculture. It’s estimated that more than 30 million Chinese died of malnourishment because of Mao Zedong’s defective thinking.
Defective thinking results in destructive living. It’s impossible to think wrongly and live rightly, which is the problem with the human race. Our evil hearts produce evil thoughts, and all kinds of tragedy ensues. Take Herodias and her daughter, for example. They viewed John the Baptist as a pest, and they schemed to have him murdered and his head brought to them on a platter. Today they’re remembered in history as villains. Their evil schemes came from their mistaken thoughts, and their thoughts arose from their wicked hearts.
That’s why the Bible says, “To be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace” (Romans 8:6). We only gain wisdom when Jesus Christ is at the very center of our hearts and minds.
Every day in which I do not penetrate more deeply into the knowledge of God’s Word in Holy Scripture is a lost day for me.