Yesterday, I tossed some questions out there which (I believe) are important to consider. Here's why. As Christians, we should be concerned as to whether or not we are seeing our life through God's lenses (so to speak). In other words, we should be operating with a biblical worldview.
But are we?
An article from Focus on the Family suggests there is reason to believe a large majority of the church is, in fact, not doing so. Citing a poll conducted in 2009, the statistics referenced in the article show that only 9% of Americans hold what could be called a traditional biblical worldview. In other words, people who believe "...that absolute moral truth exists; the Bible is totally accurate in all of the principles it teaches; Satan is considered to be a real being or force, not merely symbolic; a person cannot earn their way into Heaven by trying to be good or do good works; Jesus Christ lived a sinless life on earth; and God is the all-knowing, all-powerful creator of the world who still rules the universe today. "
When you consider (more recent) polls suggest well over 70% of Americans identify as "Christian", well, it's a little startling to realize how many of these people do not follow a biblical worldview and are (presumably) more influenced by society and cultural beliefs or other religions.
Taking this into consideration, is it perhaps easier to understand how syncretism fits into all this?
So how do we come to see and understand our world through God's lens? How do we adopt a biblical worldview which will then be applied to our marriages, how we raise our children, the way we conduct business or the work we do? How do we overcome the unstoppable tide of peer pressure, temptation, and demands to conform to the what society deems is good and acceptable behavior or ways to live?
Through knowing God's word.
Taking the time to imbibe, absorb, and apply the Bible every single day. We seek the Holy Spirit's guidance through prayer, and through our relationship with JESUS CHRIST allow God to conform our thoughts (our way or seeing and interacting with this world) to become like HIS.
"Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect." Romans 12:2 NLT
“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father." Matthew 5:14-16 NLT
A worldview is the framework for how we see and interact with our world and make sense out of it. As people who confess JESUS CHRIST as Savior and Lord, who seek to serve God with our heart, soul, and mind, should we not take hold of how God views things and adopt it as our own way of seeing and living as is revealed to us through God's inspired, written word (scripture)? Here are the questions which the Barna poll asked which define a biblical worldview:
- Do absolute moral truths exist?
- Is absolute truth defined by the Bible?
- Did Jesus Christ live a sinless life?
- Is God the all-powerful and all-knowing Creator of the universe, and does He still rule it today?
- Is salvation a gift from God that cannot be earned?
- Is Satan real?
- Does a Christian have a responsibility to share his or her faith in Christ with other people?
- Is the Bible accurate in all of its teachings?
So, here is a final question.
As a Christian, do you have a biblical worldview?