Kidnapped! A scary and potentially deadly experience, to say the least. We teach our children and grandchildren to beware of strangers and warn against being taken advantage of when online. Yet, do we consider the threat of being kidnapped by spurious philosophies? Do we really consider how embracing certain ways of thinking will actually “kidnap” us and bring us and our children into spiritual and physical danger? Paul warned the church in Colossae, “See to it that no one takes you captive (kidnapped) by philosophy and empty deceit”— the “isms” of our modern-day rather than according to Christ. The Christ Paul writes about in Colossians is to have preeminence in everything. He is God and every thought is to be brought into submission to Him. Yet this 2000-year-old letter is not only one of warning but one of encouragement, with much practical advice for living faithfully, both in Paul’s words and in his example.