When the term “ignorance is bliss” is employed it is often used to try to stay aloof of some of the problems in life. For a Christian, that is very dangerous. God wants your heart, MIND, soul and strength (Matt 22:37; Mar 12:30; Luk 10:27). God wants to influence your passions and desires. God wants to enter your soul and abide there. God wants your strength working for His glory. However, you also see that God wants your mind, your thoughts, both your superficial and deep contemplations. Being ignorant of Him in any way is not flattering to Him, it is in direct contrast to who He is.
I’ve met quite a number of Christians content with the simple gospel message of salvation. Though contentedness is good, they want to hear nothing more and are opposed to the deeper truths of God in His word. They struggle to learn more about Him. They consider themselves laymen and unable to grasp deeper truths. They do not want to hear God’s word taught from the pulpit, they want to hear the preacher wax eloquent (John 7:40). Though Jesus never did, these people want a fast food pulpit. They are far more concerned with appearance or convenience rather than accuracy and learning. They have disdain for the original Greek or Hebrew and the added emphasis or sense those studies provide. Ministers may study to share these truths, but we are also challenged to bring our people to a higher plain of understanding such that they cannot be swayed with every wind of doctrine (Eph 4:13-14).
Keeping a simplistic world view for life is contemporary. Not many people think about what to do every day. Go to work. Feed the family. Go home. It stays very simple. It get’s complicated when God says He can use all these opportunities for His glory. One begins to consider how God is going to use them, then how they appear to others, finally what they know about God becomes an issue. Satan trains the world well to ask very pointed questions, questions that appear to have difficult answers if you do not know God well. Many Christians shy from witnessing because of this.
Ephesians 4:11 is very important here. God “gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers.” There has been much to-do about “pastors and teachers” and whether they are together or apart. Regardless, preaching needs to include teaching. We must learn, hear and heed the teaching from the pulpit. Teachers be knowledgable (John 7:15-19). Pastors must teach the word.