Confronting our Cognitive Biases

Our message today is a continuation of John’s series on neuroscience. This week, our topic is cognitive biases, and how our inability to see and think clearly is a facet of sin in the world. When we look at these types of weaknesses, we identify the sin that is not just an act we participate in, but a condition that afflicts us all. Please join me today in fixing our eyes on the only one with perfect perspective and vision, the one who sees all things clearly, our mighty God.

Seek First – Ben Smith & Jason Upton

You Are My King (Amazing Love) – Shane & Shane

“But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for out glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory. But, as it is written, ‘what no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him’ – these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the spirit of God” (1 Corinthians 2:7-11, ESV).

DISCLAIMER: Our song of response today is a cultural song of lament. While we can see God in the heart of this song, Marcus Mumford does use some strong language to deliver his message and the desired emotions.. If coarse language makes you uncomfortable, please feel free to skip this song. There is a clean version of this song that I covered at the end of our sermon this week, so you can also find the words and music without the strong language there.

Little Lion Man (Explicit) – Mumford & Sons

In truth, we mess things up with our own biases so often. The way we think about things, and the personal lenses we view situations through, are just one of the many symptoms that are indicative of the condition of sin. We are all afflicted by it, and in the same way that we are all willful sinners, we are also victims of sin. There are a few different interpretations of this song, but the one that I suggest we use today is an interpretation that focuses on how we are all in a constant state of screwing things up for one another. The problems we create are both in our head and out in the world.

One significant line that stands out to me is at the end of the second verse, and it says: “learn from your mother or else spend your days biting your own neck.” This line suggests that we can do things better, and we have the opportunity to “learn from [our] mother.” In this song, I propose that we can view God as the mother who is extending grace and offering us the chance to learn and grow instead of standing alone in the wreckage that our lives become when we try to live our own way.

Be Thou My Vision – Audrey Assad

Fortunately for us, God is perfect in love and wisdom and power; extending grace in the midst of our inequities and offering guidance when we are so blind. Church, let us accept failure without accepting defeat, and let us walk with Christ at our side instead of trying to trudge on in our own direction. I pray that we will all be able to confront our own biases this week and learn let God help us see things as he does.

Thank you for joining us today! If you haven’t listened to this week’s sermon yet, it is posted on both our YouTube channel and our website, or you can find the link on our Facebook and Instagram pages. If you prefer to listen to worship music in a playlist format, we’ve got you covered there too! All of these songs are also available on our Spotify playlist so that you can worship as you go about your week. Our playlist is updated every week so that the songs for the most recent message will be right at the top of the queue. Thanks, and God bless!

Spotify Playlist

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