An exerpt from the book “Don’t Follow You Heart” by Jon Bloom
(Your Heart)…..Is This the Leader You Want to Follow?
“Until you consider that your heart has sociopathic tendencies. Think about it for a moment. What does your heart tell you? Please don’t answer. Your heart has likely said things today that you would not wish to repeat. I know mine has. My heart tells me that all of reality ought to serve my desires. My heart likes to think the best of me and worst of others, unless those others happen to think
well of me—then they are wonderful people. But if they don’t think well of me, or even if they just disagree with me, well then, something must be wrong with them. And while my heart is pondering my virtues and others’ errors, it can suddenly find some immoral or horribly angry thought very attractive. The “follow your heart” creed certainly isn’t found in the Bible. The Bible actually thinks our hearts have a disease: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jer. 17:9). Jesus, the great physician, lists the grim symptoms of this disease: “Out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander” (Matt. 15:19). This is not leadership material. The truth is, no one lies to us more than our own hearts. No one. If our hearts are compasses, they are Jack Sparrow compasses.1 They don’t tell us the truth; they just tell us what we want. If our hearts are guides, they are Gothels.2 They are not benevolent; they are pathologically selfish. In fact, if we do what our hearts tell us to do, we will pervert and impoverish every desire, every beauty, every person, every wonder, and every joy. Our hearts want to consume these things for our own self-glory and self-indulgence. No, our hearts will not save us. We need to be saved from our hearts.
1 Jack Sparrow, a fictional character in Walt Disney Pictures’ Pirates of the Caribbean major motion-picture series, possesses a compass that points to whatever its owner desires most. 2 Mother Gothel is a fictional character in Walt Disney Pictures’ animated film Tangled (2010), who dishonestly and manipulatively “guides” Rapunzel for Gothel’s own narcissistic ends.
This Is the Leader You Want to Follow
Our hearts were never designed to be followed, but to be led. Our hearts were never designed to be gods in whom we believe; they were designed to believe in God.”