Yep, he was.
I’ve been brainwashed also.
- make (someone) adopt radically different beliefs by using systematic and often forcible pressure.
- a method for systematically changing attitudes or altering beliefs, originated in totalitarian countries, especially through the use of torture, drugs, or psychological-stress techniques.
As I sat and talked with this guy, he mentioned that after he gave his life to Christ, he went to a bible school for a couple years and just had a “brainwash,” as he put it. Him using that word caught me off guard, so I asked him, “what do you mean you were brainwashed?” In the literal sense, he meant, I had to let God wash my brain. I had so much negativity, anger, neurotic thoughts, and sinful habits that had made their way into my mental hardware. I had to get it washed!” I thought, that’s brilliant! I mean we all wash our bodies from the dirt, sweat, and grime that accumulates on it daily, yet how many people wash their brain? Furthermore, how many people wash their brain with the love of Christ and the source of infinite wisdom? The thing about God though is He is never forceful, never pressuring, and never tortures. As I type this I went back to the contemporary definitions and looked at the antonym (opposite) of “brainwashing” and the words that come up are:
My friend referenced the Bible verse Ephesians 5:26, which is oftentimes used in the context of a marriage ceremony, but it says, “to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word.” As he was talking, I also couldn’t help but think about the verse from Romans 12:2, which is my absolute favorite, and it says, “do not conform to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
So, have you washed your brain lately? Are there thoughts that you wouldn’t like in there? Are there addictions found there? Are there belief systems that aren’t supposed to be there? Are there feelings of guilt and shame?
I know I’ve had to “rinse and repeat” many times and still need to daily through the word of God, but when you truly experience the love of Christ, you’ll experience the best brain wash you’ve ever had, and you’ll begin to see life through a new lens as if you were a new creation!