I came across this article this morning while working on an ethics paper, its a brief article by Martin Lloyd Jones on the nature of false and true knowledge. I think it was Lloyd Jones tests of true knowledge that really made me stop and think about my life as a student. LJ said that the way you can test true knowledge is by whether its birthed by love of God and by what manner of character that knowledge creates in a person. Hmm…

“Knowledge is power”, we’ve all heard that tag-line before right, well it is power. The good thing about power is that sometimes its very apparent whether or not the one wielding it is good or not by what he or she does with it. For LJ true knowledge is the sort of power that comes from the love of God and leads to a changed life, a life of continually deepening character. I think at this point every grad student has to stop here and feel a bit embarrassed; ouch!, yea maybe my knowledge isn’t as ‘sacred’ as I make it out to be sometimes because the character end of learning seems more like an addendum or end-note than it does like an introduction chapter.

God want’s us to be a people who love knowledge, true knowledge, he wants us to be lifelong learners in his school of love and growth. Lord, forgive us for squandering our learning, for forgetting that our love for you is as much apart of our learning process as is our presence in class. Remind us that the things we are learning aren’t data but the stuff of life, the moments and questions that can propel us forward in the growth of our own maturity in your Son and the betterment of your people. Help us as individuals and as a people to use the power of knowledge wisely, to wield it to the end of declaring the height, depth, and breadth of your love…