One of the greatest problem the world is facing is the power of ideology and its influence on people.
1Th 2:16 – 17 “Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost. But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more abundantly to see your face with great desire.”
Ideology can be define manner or the content of thinking characteristic of an individual, group, or culture. It can also be define as a systematic body of concepts – Merriam Webster dictionary.
The way and manner of thinking can be sometimes difficult to fight and what is prevalent is attack on individual whereby their ideology is left to grow and spread. The verse of the scripture I quoted above shows us that the writer was attacked and persecuted but their heart is left to flourished with the thought and love of their people. So many battles are not won, many social vices are still prevalent and lot more because the right thing to fight is left to flourish. For us to tame or capture a man there is a need to fizzle out his ideology and replace it with healthy one.
We are in a dispensation that people make disciples through the power of ideology. This is one of the instrument the media, politicians, leaders, terrorists etc are using to control the mindset of people. The concept is ” sell an enticing ideology and people will buy into it”. The enticing concept is like a bait that captures undiscerning men. Terrorism is a serious issues that can not be wiped out by gun or armour tank but it can only be defeated when the ideology is attacked at full length. If you kill a man without killing his ideology, you have only succeded doing nothing.
Every man walks by concept, there is a way you think everyday that is responsible for how you behave. We live and breath by our mind’s concept.
For instance, politicians know that they need to create a look or let me say a thought around themselves and these thought is what they will sell to people. The media and their cronies are always a channel to sell this concept, once this is bought, it reshape people’s mind about them and the deal is done.
Sometimes I hear people talk about Gayism, Lesbianism and Homosexuality. I don’t crticise them but I believe a thought system led them to it. They have bought into an ideology which they believe it is okay by them. They can only come out of this if their thought system, concept or ideology is changed. This can not be solved by passing laws that will harm or kill them, but by introducing a systematic concepts that will override their initial concept or ideology. Our ideology shapes our life and we walk by it daily.
Once again, to tame or capture a man kill his ideology and replace it with healthy ideology. Education is one of the vital instrument to tame or capture unhealthy ideology.
I have never seen a person that goes beyond what he thinks and how he sees himself. Your perception defines you.