To become intellectually impotent and irrelevant as a follower of Jesus Christ, copy at least one of the following attitudes and behaviors:
Naive attitude: Some are blissfully unaware or ignorant by choice.
Curious but uncommitted: Many want intellectual entertainment, but are unwilling to discipline their minds or submit to programmatic learning.
Committed but undisciplined: Many view learning like a cafeteria and consume what is appealing, rather than what is nutritional.
Intellectual pride: Some think they know enough already or that they know best the path to knowledge.
Consumer approach: Some “shop” for knowledge, learning formats, and instructors that conform to their “buying” preferences. When study becomes difficult or boring, they take their “business” elsewhere.
Laziness: Some are not willing to pay the price of learning and self-discipline. They learn only what is interesting or easiest.
Triviality: Some are conditioned by inconsequential chatter through social media, so they are not prepared to read, write, or reflect deeply.
Passivity: Some fulfill the role assigned to them by society― intellectual simplicity, private religiosity, and subjective spirituality.
Sacred-secular dichotomy: Some embrace modern secularism that declares spirituality and worldview are just private and personal, and only useful for Sunday at church.
Social obstacles: Many are distracted by the demands of culture (sports, parties, family).
Anti-intellectualism: Some resist study and reflection because their religious tradition minimizes the need for theology or thinking.
Fundamentalism: Some resist study due to “separation” from the world and do not interact with culture or worldview.
Capitulation: Some embrace the postmodern narrative and myth of progress―the past is irrelevant, authority is questionable, and every perspective is equally valid.