What is Your Worldview?
By definition, your worldview is how you view the world, to include what influences on that view and your perspective. In other words, your impression of what is most important in life and how you set your priorities. A worldview is one way we define ourselves as individuals and communities. It helps develop the social mores and rules/laws by which we choose to live.
At Word Slingers, we believe in a Scriptural Worldview. One which is defined by God’s Word and His law and requirements for our lives. As Prov. 3: 5-7 says, we try to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and turn away from evil.”
As opposed to a Secular Worldview, which does not include God or His “ways”, a Scriptural Worldview impacts our decision matrix in a way that has eternal consequences. There is a challenge a Scriptural Worldview places in front of most people. As the words in Proverbs state, to embrace the Scriptural Worldview, we must come to grips with several truths. Let me run some of them down. 1. There is a God and a Creator of the universe. 2. God has imparted His Word to us. 3. His ways are better than ours. 4. Evil does exist in this world, and we should not move toward it.
Most people take umbrage with a Scriptural Worldview. They do not embrace it as truth or even real. The movement today is toward a Secular Worldview, because absent of God’s Word and direction, they can decide what is right or wrong for themselves. They literally do lean on their own understanding and do not acknowledge God. They do not accept God’s Word as truth, even to the point of taking communities and people with a Scriptural Worldview to court in order to eliminate it from public view. It “offends” them.
The reason God’s Word and our Scriptural Worldview offends them is the truth will always offend people who want to live a lie. A Scriptural Worldview says put yourself last. The Secular Worldview declares your desires come first. The Scriptural Worldview is black and white/right and wrong, while the Secular Worldview has 50 shades of gray. The Scriptural Worldview serves the Lord and worships the Creator; the Secular Worldview serves self and worships the creation. The Secular Worldview objectifies women and sexualizes everything to be conquered next. The Scriptural Worldview understands the difference between intimacy and illicit behavior.
We can discuss and debate many topics through these different worldviews. Marriage, The Constitution, Religious Liberty, and Gender Roles are current hot topics in the land today, but only because most people in the land have given up on public prayer, abortion, Christmas, divorce, and other topics too numerous to mention. There is a slippery slope, and we are on it as we slowly slide away from a Scriptural Worldview toward a Secular Worldview.
For instance, a Secular Worldview is not overly concerned with Christians having their heads chopped off by savages who kill those with whom they disagree, while they vilify anyone who would stand up for the innocent life of the unborn. The Scriptural Worldview does not seek its own way, but rejoices in the truth. The Scriptural Worldview would have us approach life like we are encouraged in Col. 3:17 “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.”
God wants you to have an abundant life. What is your worldview, and whose understanding do you lean on?