Do You Know Your Worldview? Part 2…
In my previous column, I asked the question—“Did you know that you have a worldview that affects your life?” Every day you make decisions, form opinions and respond to messages that are delivered to you through technology, friends and media. All of these are converging to shape your values and your views of the culture around you and the circumstances that confront you. Certainly, many of them can be instruments of good, genuinely noble and spiritually and Biblically true. These can shape us positively for sure. But increasingly, there are far more influencers that are aligned with a worldview that is either hostile to the Christian worldview or Biblical truth. And because these “influencers” are subtle in their delivery or at least they are masked behind a cause or some seemingly noble idea, many people are fearful of questioning these views.
Tragically many people have no real idea that they are being, in some cases manipulated, and in others influenced to align their thinking in a manner that prevents them from ever confronting the deeper implications of the culture’s worldview, which they are simply expected to adopt, or be vilified by their friends, colleagues and family.
Critical thinking has become a lost art in our culture… we are now living in a “come along, go along” culture where few people are really willing to examine the ideas of the age, but instead simply accept without impunity the ideas propagated by an agenda-driven elite constituency of leftist academics, media bias’s and politically correct assumptions. Paul writing to the Roman Christians in the first century urged them to not allow the culture to squeeze them into its mold. He wrote, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)
These words of Paul address plainly the dangers in being controlled and influenced by a worldview that is inconsistent with God’s Word. And that was his point! In fact, the very word “conformed” in the above verse literally means “shaped into the same pattern as”. Paul was urging us not to be shaped by the world. In the Greek language, this is a command, not a suggestion. Roman culture was much like American culture during its empire’s reign. Edward Gibbon in his classic 3-volume history, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire chronicles how Rome, the most powerful empire of its day, followed a path of ruin from within that led to its own outward destruction. Essentially, Rome’s ruin was the result of competing worldviews that sanctioned moral decay, political corruption and illegal immigration that led to an invasion over time by the barbarians. These things became the final undoing of Rome as a dominate world empire.
Keying on Rome’s decline, Francis Schaeffer in How Shall We Then Live, reveals the frightening parallels and similarities between Rome’s collapse and America’s progressive decline. In fact, in my view, America’s potential collapse and decline on the world stage may very well be the reason we have little to no evidence of America’s existence or influence in prophecies related to the last days.
So, my point continues from last week… Your Worldview really does matter! Perhaps in future columns, I'll discuss the many different worldviews. But suffice to say, as Christians, as disciples of Christ, as followers of God, as Kingdom citizens, we have only one worldview to adopt… it is the Biblical Worldview. Our lives, our values and our view of culture must be adjusted to scripture, plain and simple. Anything less is to try and live in two kingdoms… and Jesus said you are not able to do that. We must also get serious about passing on the Biblical worldview to our children and our children’s children… or the day will, not might, but will come when there will be nothing to pass on to the next generation. So, WHAT IS YOUR WORLDVIEW?
Remember, God is always trying to take you someplace new. I love being your Pastor!
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