Ignorance is Not a Virtue

By Lauren Graham (16) /

Recently I heard a man share a devotional thought on a local Christian radio station that saddened me because it was so inaccurate as to be comical.

His story went something like this: “A lady stopped Winston Churchill and told him, ‘Sir, if you were my husband I would poison your coffee.’  To which Churchill responded, ‘If you were my wife I would drink it.’”

The man on the radio went on to explain that just as Churchill answered the rude woman with love, we too should respond in love to our critics. I couldn’t help but chuckle at the thought of how shocked the man would be if he had bothered to observe the former British prime minister’s personality and learn that his comment was dripping with sarcasm and in no way loving.

I wish I could say this uninformed view was an isolated one, but I must confess that I have heard similar uninformed comments from Christians regarding history and science.

Clearly, some believe their ignorance is excused as long as they love God.  This not only hurts individuals who are oblivious to the world around them but it is also a poor testimony and promotes a stereotype of the “dumb Christian”.  How can a person who truly wants to follow God think it is okay to be willfully ignorant about important political or historical issues?  While the Bible needs to be our first priority, we also need to dedicate time to learning about history, science, mathematics, and how our world works.  If we are to survive as a future generation of Christians we cannot know Bible stories but not how to apply them correctly to real life scenarios.

Not only does it make logical sense to be a well-informed Christian, but more importantly, God himself wishes us to be full of wisdom and knowledge.

A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels (Proverbs 1:5)

 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge (Proverbs 18:15).

We need to be knowledgeable and informed not only for ourselves and for those around us but also for God.  Wisdom is one of his attributes, and He expects us to follow after Him.

Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2Timothy 2:15)