It is impossible to arrive at a worldview that is not largely influenced by at least one of the world religions. Contrary to popular belief, there is no neutral worldview.
Worldviews are like the superheroes we like to watch at the movies. They all have an origin story. Each of them originate in a particular religious foundation. You may want to protest that secularism is devoid of religion because isn’t that the point of being secular? To quote Vishal Mangalwadi, “secularism is a Christian heresy.” Its foundational underpinnings come from the Bible despite having been severely diluted.
This is also the case for atheism. I truly do not wish to antagonize my atheist friends, but atheism is a reaction to Christianity. It is only found in Christian nations. It presupposes that morality is a product of common sense. Sadly, many Christians believe it to be common sense also.
Above, I used the term “origin story” to illustrate my point. But it would be inaccurate to equate the Bible to the stories of world religions because the Bible is set apart as factual and substantive truth. It must be accepted or rejected as truth rather than an origin story that we have been raised within.
Have you seen the co-exist bumper stickers trying to put all big religions into one box? This is Western ideology. It does not work. Truth is not equal to non-truth. Even non-truth is not equally false. Most religions are not tolerant of that which is not its own religion. They are not even tolerant of variations within their own religion.
We think that our American secularism is a neutral and universal non-threatening worldview. The rest of the world knows better. They reject our secularism because they reject our Christianity. They know the source of our secularism better than we do.
What does this mean for us?
It means our schools do not have a neutral worldview. It means our government does not have a neutral worldview. Secularism is a heresy of Christianity that fights against its very foundation. As its own pervasive worldview, it is not neutral. It has something to say that is opposed to the voices of others.
We cannot impose it in foreign nations requiring tolerance and freedom of religion. Freedom of religion came out of the Protestant Reformation. It did not come from any of the world’s religions. Religious liberty comes from the Bible. It doesn’t come from nullifying the differences of world religions. It comes from understanding the differences and loving people anyway.
This is what Jesus taught. Love those who persecute you. Love those who say all kinds of bad things about you. Love even your enemies. Do good to those who do wrong to you. Bless and do not curse.
Christian love and truth is the most liberating force on the planet.
All worldviews are not equal. But Jesus teaches to love our neighbors as ourselves. We don’t have to have a neutral universal worldview to do that. Universalism does not liberate, but truth does.
Homework: This week study another worldview. Read about a religion on the co-equal bumper sticker. List five ways it is different than your own worldview.
Also watch my interview on Prophetic Perspectives here.