Scarecrow: “I haven't got a brain... only straw.”
Dorothy: “How can you talk if you haven't got a brain?”
Scarecrow: “I don't know... But some people without brains do an awful lot of talking... don't they?”
Dorothy: “Yes, I guess you're right.”
How appropriate. I find that to be all too true all too often. We all engage our mouths before we engage our brain at some point. I was listening to a Christian Apologetics talk show and a caller tried to make the point that all the early settlers that came to America did so in order to establish a Christian nation. The host of the show, John Snyder, who is both a Christian and a history expert, disagreed with the caller. John pointed out that many of the colonies were settled by people trying to make money. The caller replied with, “I disagree.” The caller never offered any support for his beliefs and John did a good job of naming settlements, New York for example, that were for profit rather than for Jesus.
The worst thing that someone can do is to make assertions with no support for their statements. Even if your assertion is correct and you do not offer support, someone that offers a contrary view with some support will make your argument seem weak and wrong. With some research and hard work Christians can offer a much more compelling and clear view that will win not just the hearts of people but their minds as well. Winning the mind is far more important than winning the heart. Feelings can change relatively easy, but a solid truth based decision will last. It’s the difference between building on sand and on solid rock.
We can’t be scarecrows without a brain; we need to use all of our God given abilities.