Worldview Development, Part 1

I did some exploring today. I visited Christian Worldview blogs. I didn’t do an exhaustive search, but I discovered something. It may be more accurate to say that I remembered something I once knew to be true. Most of what falls under the category “Christian Worldview” and packaged as THE Christian Worldview is merely a Christian Worldview. Moreover, it is merely addressing social issues FROM a Christian Worldview rather than getting into the meat of how to have a Christian Worldview.

I will certainly post articles from my worldview on various subjects and current events. However, what I am more interested in for my readers is to help you develop your own worldview. I want to equip you to think for yourself rather than to feed on the main stream Christian worldview. That worldview can change with the times. It may come closer to or farther away from the Bible depending upon the condition of the Church in any given age.

When we go with the flow of what everyone is saying, we are often not on board with what Jesus is saying. However, we also err when we go for the divergent voice simply because we don’t want to be associated with the “popular voice.” I see a growing trend to lean towards a liberal worldview in order to jump ship from the traditional voice which may at times not be communicated with the love of the Father. We cannot react to a lack of love with a lack of truth.

Our worldview cannot be built out of reaction to something negative. It must be built -A worldview is a commitment, a fundamental orientation of the heart, that can be expressed as a story or in a set of presuppositions (assumptions which may be true, partially true or enbrick by brick upon the truth. We cannot build it looking at our friends and neighbors to find a worldview that bends the truth to accept the latest trends of our world.

A worldview is built on truth and love. But it is His Love and His Truth. It is not built on mere human compassion. God’s love makes a broken person whole. Man’s love (or tolerance) sees a broken person as whole. It celebrates the lie of who a person believes he is rather than the truth of who God made him to be. God’s love celebrates the truth to pull him or her free from the lies.

My worldview is coming out in all I am writing. I am always using it. Even to think about it, I am looking through it. On Sunday, I gave a short talk on worldview. Someone asked me if we are always using our worldview – always looking through it – how do we know when we are in error?

  1. Listen to the Holy Spirit. Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit to lead us in all truth. (John 16:13) Knowing how to hear the Spirit will help greatly to enhance your worldview. If you don’t know how to hear Him, learn from people who do.
  2. Read the Bible. Get it in you. Digest it. Read whole chapters in one sitting and sometimes whole books. When we’ve been in the church a long time, we can read a verse the same way we have always heard it and miss the real context and meaning. Reading in larger portions helps to give us a fresh perspective.
  3. Examine your worldview. Talk with people who think differently. If you aren’t exposed to other ideas than your own you have nothing to test your worldview against. It makes you question why you believe as you do. You can’t just have a conclusion without any supporting theology. Truth will stand up to lies, not because you shouted, but because it has power. If what you are communicating doesn’t have life in it, you may not have a healthy worldview on that subject.
  4. Listen to your trusted friends. Friends can see holes in your thinking better than you can. Discerning friends can see where those holes originate. Welcome and consider their thoughts on your thinking. This does not mean you adopt their thinking. It just means you listen and examine your own.

What are some of the ways you work on your worldview? Share below in the comments.

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  1. So grateful you are writing articles like this. I find them helpful. For me, the challenge of talking to someone who has a different worldview is helpful. I often find myself doing more research to back up what my beliefs are. Or modify them!

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