I’m giving you a short post today. Instead of telling you something, I’m asking you something. And I hope you can help.
“Charles Manson stole this song from The Beatles. We’re stealing it back.” ~ Bono
U2’s Rattle and Hum record opens with that classic line. Bono felt like a great song had been ruined by being associated with the wrong crowd. And it was time to “steal it back.”
Positive thinking is that way, isn’t it? A mere mention of the idea brings to mind a bunch of New Age hooha. It has become mired in this huge, murky bog of self-help literature. It has become so watered down that it’s lost any of its original meaning. 50 or 60 years ago, a preacher wrote a book called “The Power of Positive Thinking.” That title has lost almost all its “power” and is now a punchline. Yesterday I turned it around and made a cute blog post title out of it.
But is there any truth to it?
I know that the way we think is a big deal to God. I could list a whole litany of verses to back that up (See Romans 12:2 and Philippians 4:8 for starters). I’m working on a future post about it. But I need your help.
Ok so my questions to you are twofold: 1) how does the idea of positive thinking fit into the Christian faith? and 2) do you know any solid (i.e. not self-help) Christian books about this subject?
My hope is that we can have a lively discussion about this topic, and that I can find a couple of resources to check out. Just like Charles Manson stole “Helter Skelter” from The Beatles, I feel like the “self-help crowd” has stolen the idea of positive thinking. Let’s steal it back.
To that end, fire away…