The Christian Worldview
The Christian Worldview
“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.”
1st Peter 1:14
“As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance,”
It is amazing what technology has accomplished these days, from smartphones and laptops to hearing aids and eye glasses. Even though some things do not seem so technologically advanced, when you look closer at the process and at the research that goes into making some things, you will realize that many things are far more advanced than they seem. For example, eye glasses and contacts, on the surface may seem dull and expendable, and those who do not utilize either tool are probably blind to its all its uses and don’t appreciate what they do. It is amazing, millions of people wake up in the morning, unable to see and are blind to their environment. Once glasses are placed on, or contacts in the world amazingly comes into focus, and for those who take advantage of such technology truly appreciate what it does. There is another lens, and a far more important lens, and whether we realize it or not we all have one, and we all have adopted one, a worldview.
So, what is a worldview, many have tried to sum it up into a few words and it is a difficult task, but one of the best definitions I have seen comes from, crossway articles
As the word, itself suggests, a worldview is an overall view of the world. It’s not a physical view of the world, like the sight of planet Earth you might get from an orbiting space station. Rather, it’s a philosophical view of the world—and not just of our planet, but of all of reality. A worldview is an all-encompassing perspective on everything that exists and matters to us.
A word that seems to define itself is so difficult to define, the purpose of this book is not to give an extensive definition of what a worldview is or even how it impacts people within the Christian church. However, it is imperative that we spend some time explaining in short what the outcome of a poor worldview would produce.
What is a poor worldview?
Again, as to not spend an extensive amount of time on the topic of world-views, in short a bad world view is any worldview that is not directly and entirely influenced by Scripture. To have a worldview that well… reflects the world is ungodly and it shows our true intensions for living on this earth. Focus on the family says this: “Here is the big problem. Non-biblical worldview ideas don’t just sit in a book somewhere waiting for people to examine them. They bombard us constantly from television, film, music, newspapers, magazines, books and academia.”
Christians today, have such a secular worldview, there are 3 main reasons why I think that this is.
1) Christians just do not care.
This is so true! how many times do we see people “talk the talk,” and not “walk the walk.” This theme is becoming ever so prevalent within Christian circles.
“Because you are lukewarm and neither warm nor cold I will spit you out of my mouth.” (Revelation 3:16)
“The way of a sluggard is like a hedge of thorns, but the path of the upright is a level highway.” (Proverbs 15:19)
We see that apathy is strongly warned against in scripture and it is a very dangerous road to walk down. TaylorsChurch noted,
One of the greatest hindrances to the cause of Christ today is the indifferent church member. Webster defines indifference as: “Apathy; lack of feeling for or against anything.” He says one who is indifferent is: “…not interested or concerned about something; neutral; having no preponderating influence or value.” Now this is precisely the way many feel toward the Lord and his work; toward the church. They are not particularly against it – they just don’t do anything for it! They seem to have no interest in it, and as a result they have no value concerning its work. In light of these definitions we can readily see why the indifferent church member is a drawback to the church. The out and out sinner may well do less harm to the church than the indifferent member! Remember what Jesus told the Laodicean church (Rev. 3:14ff). The indifferent church member is harmful to both himself and the church; the overt sinner is only harming himself.
As we can see the apathetic Christian does way more harm than good, when someone is lazy about what they believe they after do not care enough to test the things they are being taught, whether it be at school, church, or another place. The indifferent person allows everything that everyone says, as truth and cares little about what God says. For this reason the apathetic Christian often has messed up worldviews that are very ungodly and unbiblical.
2) Christians have a low view of God.
We see all throughout the Bible the power that God possess, the one place that I usually go when talking about the sovereignty of God is the book of Job, here is one of my all-time favorite verses from Job.
“Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:
2 “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
3 Dress for action[a] like a man;
I will question you, and you make it known to me.
4 “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell me, if you have understanding.
5 Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it?”
The thing about the story of Job is that God never revealed to Job the reason for his sufferings, however Job knew that is was for the glory of God that he suffers and so he did. That is a great example of a high view of God. Yet in our society that perspective on God has been lost, and very few hold such a high view of God. We see in Proverbs that God lifts up those who fear His name which is the beginning of wisdom, and for us to be wise we must see God as being over al things much like Job did. When we are not holding God in the highest view that we possibly can in our feebly human minds many things will begin to happen, we will start sinning, and we will lie to God. Henry Blackabay says this, “When you do not fear God, you will not fear sin. There is a direct relationship between a high view of God and a high view of sin. A low view of God brings a low view of sin.” (p9). When we lie to the spirit we are deceiving ourselves, look at what happened to Ananias when he lied to the Spirit.
But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property,2 and with his wife’s knowledge he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of it and laid it at the apostles’ feet. 3 But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land? 4 While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to man but to God.”5 When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and breathed his last. And great fear came upon all who heard of it. 6 The young men rose and wrapped him up and carried him out and buried him.
7 After an interval of about three hours his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. 8 And Peter said to her, “Tell me whether you[a] sold the land for so much.” And she said, “Yes, for so much.” 9 But Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.”10 Immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. When the young men came in they found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11 And great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these things. (Acts 5:1-11)
As you can see, Ananias had a low view of God and did not understand the significance of sinning against Him. He did not have a high view of God, which in tern caused him to have a very low view of sin.
3) Christians have a low view of Scripture.
This last reason why Christians do not have a Christian worldview is foundational to the other two we have just touched on. If Christians had a high view of Scripture then Christians would care, and they would also have a high view of God because those are the things that the scriptures tell us.
12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom[a]you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God[b]may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2nd Timothy 3:12-17)
We are in an ever evolving culture, yet our dependence on God and our view of scripture is not something that is meant to evolve. The church was never meant to embrace the culture, in Acts we see that the church almost rejected the culture, to embraced Christ. Today we see it flipped the church is embracing the culture and rejecting Christ which is a result of a low view of scripture.
So, what is a Christian Worldview?
A Christian Worldview is often made more complex than it truly needs to be, people will go on with long extensive definitions that hardly give justice to the actual meaning. For example this is how google defines it, “Christian worldview (also called Biblical worldview) refers to the framework of ideas and beliefs through which a Christian individual, group or culture interprets the world and interacts with it.”
This is so wrong on so many levels, the Bible is not a framework, it is not a guide, or a manual. I am not saying that the Bible cannot be used as a guide but when we reduce scripture to a set of rules or guidelines we reduce our view of God and our view of sin. A Christian Worldview should be defined as: Allowing the inerrancy and sufficiency of Scripture to shape our every thought and action because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. When we allow the words of Christ to influence our very being, not just the way we act, but when we allow the words of Christ to change the way that we think, not just what we say.
A Christian worldview is a worldview that requires complete dependence on the author and creator of life, the Sovereign God, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, a Christian worldview has no room to allow the culture to influence it, it has no room to allow anything that is not from God in it. It is COMPLETE reliance on God the father and allowing that reliance to impact everything that is done by us every second of every day. That my friends is a Christian worldview.