Faith General

Your Worldview Matters

Whether you can articulate one or not, you have a worldview. The way you see the world, how life works, and your place in it matters. Worldviews affect the way you spend your time and resources. It affects how you view relationships and your view of God. If you claim to be a Jesus-follower, then logically, you should have a worldview that centers around the existence and attributes of God. Sadly, a majority of Christ-followers do not hold such a worldview.

Biblical Worldview in Crisis

(The following is taken from a recent release from discipleship.org)  

https://www.arizonachristian.edu/2022/05/12/shocking-lack-of-biblical-worldview-among-american-pastors/?mc_cid=d27768fdf2&mc_eid=dd8433cb0e

Here are the noteworthy results: The nationwide study of about 1,000 Christian pastors found that just slightly more than one-third (37%) of the total of U.S. pastors hold a biblical worldview.

  • The majority (62%) possess a hybrid worldview known as Syncretism. (MW editor’s note: Syncretism is an amalgamation of various religions into one worldview.)
  • The study showed that 41% of senior pastors — as compared to 28% of associate pastors — have a biblical worldview. 
  • Further, only 13% of teaching pastors and 12% of children’s and youth pastors have a biblical worldview. 
  • The lowest level of biblical worldview was among executive pastors, with only 4% of them holding consistently biblical beliefs and behaviors.

This report has generated lots of conversation. Some of the biggest conversations are around “what constitutes a worldview?” and “what constitutes a Biblical worldview?”

What is a biblical worldview, and does it matter?

A biblical worldview is a view of the world which seeks to answer life’s biggest questions from the teachings of the Bible. Many people see having a biblical worldview as unimportant. This includes non-Christians who see the world from a different worldview, as well as Christians who don’t want to apply what the Bible says to cultural issues or everyday life. Yet if the teachings of the Bible are true, then we do well to hold them up like a lantern to the rest of reality, in order to illuminate the answers to life’s biggest questions. 

Repositioning My Anchor

I attended to a State University. While there, I became actively involved with an on-campus Christian organization. Beyond the great fellowship it offered, I was challenged to develop a view of the world that centered around the Bible.  What’s odd is for as much as I was raised in a “bible-believing church”, the entire notion of a biblical worldview as never discussed, preached or taught; at least in my childhood and adolescent mind, there was nothing that prepared me for the direct hit my faith would have at a secular university. Not to knock the church I grew up in, but to raise the question, 

What are we doing to prepare the next generation of Jesus-followers 

with a biblical worldview?

Core Questions Your Worldview needs to Answer

In their article, Bobby Harrington and Daniel McCoy give a great synopsis of worldviews. (at the end of this post will be a link to their article. Be sure to read it.)

Your worldview needs to answer these core questions.

  • Origin: Where do I come from?
  • Identity: Who am I?
  • Meaning: What is my purpose?
  • Morality: How should I live?
  • Destiny: What happens when I die?

Where you do not anchor your answers to a biblical worldview, your faith is at most a religion instead of a relationship with Jesus. Take some time to answer the five core questions above. Get with your mentor and have a lively discussion on each. If you think you have a biblical worldview, then link your answers to Scripture. If you cannot, and realize your need to center your live on Christ, then it’s time to roll up your sleeves and dig deep into what you truly believe. 

If the Barna Group surveyed you, (link above), would you be one of those with a solid biblical worldview or would you be on the other end of the spectrum?

Follow this link to a further post by Renew.org on biblical worldviews.

Warrior On!

David Riffel is the Founder and Executive Director of www.Mentoring-Warriors.com. Having gone through his warrior years (18-30) essentially without a mentor, God has placed in him a heart for warriors, to come alongside them in various ways as they figure out life. David’s newly released book, Mentoring Warriors: Coming Alongside Young Men 18-30, outlines principles for mentoring and gives advice for warriors in six key areas of life: self-management, life skills, education/career, relationships, faith, and identity.