Yoda: ‘You must unlearn what you have learned’

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Anyone who knows me well, knows that I am a big-time Star Wars fan, at least of the original trilogy. One of my favorite characters is Yoda, the lovable, but wise Jedi master who had a funny way of saying something, but it was always truthful.

In fact, one of the main characters in the book I wrote a few years ago, Pornocide, would often sprinkle Yodaese into his conversations.

I thought of this scene when I read another devotional today:

We must unlearn what we have learned. That’s a powerful statement for two reasons:

  1. Once we learn something, it is very difficult, if not impossible, to change our minds. Why do you think schools are the battleground for imposing an ideology upon children who are just starting to learn?
  2. What we were taught may not always be the truth. That’s why it is important to keep an open mind so that when you discover unchangeable truth, you can lock your mind around that.

In his weekly devotional, Pastor Mark Batterson wrote that Christians are always actively working to unlearn what they have learned.

He cited the invalid man at the pool who thought there was only one way to be healed — lowered into the water where someone could stir the water. You can read that story in John 5:1-15.

Then the invalid met Jesus, who asked the man, “Do you want to get well?”

During that encounter, the man was healed of a debilitating illness to which he had been imprisoned for 38 years.

“Faith is unlearning the senseless worries and misguided beliefs that keep us captive. It is far more complex than simply modifying behavior. Faith is rewiring the human brain,” Mark wrote.

He also reminded us that Christians are told not to conform to to the patterns of this world (Romans 12:2). Rather, we are to renew our minds, which involves adopting a new way of thinking.

“When we read Scripture, we are recruiting new nerve cells and rewiring neuronal connections. In a sense, we are downloading a new operating system that reconfigures the mind,” Mark wrote. “We stop thinking human thoughts and start thinking God thoughts.”

With all the junk being promoted as news and entertainment today, now is a great time to start renewing our minds and unlearning what we have learned.

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Greg Gerber

A native of Wisconsin who moved to Arizona in 2009, Greg Gerber is a DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three grown daughters. He worked as a journalist for many years before pursuing a career as a faith-based writer, author, coach and speaker. Greg is the author of Pornocide: How Lust is Killing Your Faith, Stealing Your Joy and Destroying Your Life.

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