The fourth and final misplaced priority of Christians that can reflect negatively on the image and brand of Christianity is philosophy-driven Christians. Philosophy-driven Christians are people who ascribe to Christianity is merely an academic pursuit. They see Christianity as a great philosophy to be observed, studied, and debated. It is not a bad thing to study the Bible or Christianity academically. The problem arises when the academic pursuit becomes such a priority that it causes you to miss the relationship with Jesus Christ that the Bible is all about. This is embracing the thoughts of Christianity without embracing the core – Jesus Christ.
The problem with the Christian brand that philosophy-driven Christians present is that they present an academic, knowledge-driven Christianity that can be completely void of any relationship with Jesus Christ. You can know the Bible and know a lot of academic knowledge about Jesus but not know Jesus as your Savior and Lord. Philosophy-driven Christians need to see Jesus Christ as the core of their Christian studies and come to him for a relationship in which Jesus transforms them into His image. Then they need to continue to pursue their academic studies driven by worship and reverence for a God who that cannot wrap their minds around.