What does your worldview do for people in the world?

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Worldview is not a battleground. It is not our worldview versus their worldview. Nor is it our goal to get everyone to have a Christian worldview. There is even some debate as to whether there is a right or a wrong worldview.

Here are some worldview questions to think about:

Do you have a worldview that promotes fear or a worldview that promotes curiosity and adventure?

Do you have a worldview that fosters observation or categorization?

Do you have a worldview that emphasizes grace or judgment in the world?

Does your worldview have you generally seeing other people as friends or as enemies?

Does your worldview belittle others, or make those who disagree with you out to be stupid?

Does our worldview have us all thinking alike as believers?

Does your worldview make you combative or conciliatory?

Does your worldview enrage or appease?

Does your worldview divide you from or bring you together with others?

Does your worldview create bridges or walls in the world?

Does your worldview seek common ground with other worldviews or does it magnify differences?

Is there a biblical worldview? Well that depends on what you mean by a biblical worldview. If it means you look at the world in light of biblical concepts such as sin and redemption, law and grace, then yes, there is a biblical worldview. If by biblical worldview you mean primarily looking at society in light of cultural things like abortion, gay marriage and religious freedom (which usually means freedom for our religion, not everyone else’s religion as it should), then no, because these are extra-biblical, politically-charged issues fueled by the culture wars that have been raging for almost 30 years now. This is more of a cultural Christian worldview than it is a biblical worldview.

It’s not my goal at this time to try to answer all these questions, but to get you thinking about them. I think you can see the trend towards a culturally-resistant worldview versus a culturally-relevant worldview. I believe that — for the sake of spreading the gospel of welcome: grace turned outward — we want a worldview that does not pit us against the very people we are trying to reach.

Too many are too concerned about making society compatible with Christian beliefs than in helping people to come to believe in Jesus. What good is a society that is culturally Christian if the vast majority of people in that society don’t know Jesus?

I’ll say it again because I don’t think I can say it too much: Instead of trying to make society more Christian, we need to focus on making ourselves more vitally Christian in society for the sole purpose of leading others to Christ.

Getting the world to be more “Christian” without leading people to Christ is just plain selfish.

Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some.

(1 Corinthians 9:22)

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4 Responses to What does your worldview do for people in the world?

  1. Mark says:

    Loved the questions asked in today’s Catch & the verse it ends with too! 🙂

  2. Gary says:

    The solutions can not be based on how I think things should be done, or you or them or we. Solutions come about through the way Jesus does things. Through His Love, grace and example, and so on and so on. Most all believers say “I’m a follower of Jesus” Really! We need to be “Doers”. Yeah it is so much easier said than to cash in on bringing Humanity under one roof. Are we meant to be under one roof, if so why is it so hard. Is this idea simply just impossible. Why do we hope in such a utopia? I thought maybe we’re to live a simple and peaceful life, while listening for what it is will pull us in close to the Father through the Son. Oops there I go thinking I know something,,,,

  3. jwfisch says:

    Of course you know something. It’s hows you let on about what you know that matters and will make a difference.e sure and check out the next Catch.

  4. Andrew P. says:

    I would hope one’s answers to these questions would be something similar to the following:
    Do you have a worldview that promotes fear or a worldview that promotes curiosity and adventure? THE LATTER. “FEAR NOT,” JESUS SAID.
    Do you have a worldview that fosters observation or categorization? BOTH — THE LATTER FOLLOWING THE FORMER (I.E., NOT BASED ON PREJUDICE), WITH MOVEMENT BETWEEN CATEGORIES EXPECTED
    Do you have a worldview that emphasizes grace or judgment in the world? BOTH — GRACE OFFERED TO ALL, WITH JUDGMENT PROMISED FOR THOSE WHO REJECT IT TO THE END
    Does your worldview have you generally seeing other people as friends or as enemies? GIVING EVERYONE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE THE FORMER, AND AVOIDING AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE BEING THE LATTER, WHILE RECOGNIZING THAT MANY WILL NEVER BE ON BOARD WITH THE LORD’S KINGDOM PROGRAM
    Does your worldview belittle others, or make those who disagree with you out to be stupid? I SHOULD HOPE NOT
    Does our worldview have us all thinking alike as believers? ON SOME MATTERS, ABSOLUTELY, AND ON OTHERS, CERTAINLY NOT
    Does your worldview make you combative or conciliatory? DEPENDS ON THE SUBJECT; WE’D BETTER BE COMBATIVE REGARDING OPPRESSION, AND CONCILIATORY REGARDING THE OPPRESSED (AND THE REPENTANT!)
    Does your worldview enrage or appease? DEPENDS ON THE SUBJECT; PAUL SAID HE HOPED TO SAVE *SOME*, KNOWING THAT *ALL* WOULD BE A PIPE DREAM
    Does your worldview divide you from or bring you together with others? BOTH — WE SHOULD ALWAYS BE DIVIDED FROM THE OPPRESSORS (OTHER THAN URGING REPENTANCE), AND COMING TOGETHER WITH MOST OTHER PEOPLE
    Does your worldview create bridges or walls in the world? BOTH, I WOULD HOPE — E.G., BRIDGES TO THE SUFFERING, AND WALLS OF PROTECTION SEPARATING THE OPPRESSED FROM THEIR OPPRESSORS
    Does your worldview seek common ground with other worldviews or does it magnify differences? IT SEEKS COMMON GROUND, BUT NEVER AT THE EXPENSE OF GOD’S TRUTH

    Well, there’s a quick attempt at a little nuance. I’m sure it leaves some wrong impressions, but I hope that the general thrust of the argument is reasonably evident.

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