“Do you see the orange car Daddy?” I asked him one day on the way to the doctor’s appointment.
“I don’t see an orange car. Honey, that car is red, it’s those glasses,” Daddy would laugh.
Those glasses made blue cars green, red cars orange, and all sort of crazy things. It was the lens that I was looking through that changed the color of everything I saw.
Worldview is like that lens. Worldview is the set of beliefs that you use to interpret the world. Worldview is the overall perspective through which you view the world. It is really our collection of beliefs that we have about the world around us, ourselves, and God. What do you believe about life and reality? What is the meaning of life, the purpose of living?
- · Who am I?
- · Where did I come from?
- · How did I get here?
- · Where am I going?
- · What is true?
- · What is false?
- · How should I behave?
- · Does God exist?
- · How should I respond to God?
- · What does God expect of me?
As Christians, our worldview is based on the Word of God, the Bible. God reveals truth about every area of life: the family, our emotions, the economy, laws, government, politics, history, homemaking, spending money, education, morals, philosophy, theology, conflict, communication, biology, and marriage.
The world we live in does not share the Christian worldview. It is a hodge-podge of humanism, socialism, new age, and post-modernist thought. It is easy to be influenced by these worldviews because we are bombarded by them in movies, books, television, advertising, newspapers, magazines, visual arts, drama, plays, theme parks, educational materials, and the internet.
Do you believe that the Bible is true? If so, you must learn what is says about all of life so that you can view everything in the world, yourself, and God through the correct lens, a biblical worldview.
It is also important to learn about other worldviews so that you can recognize them in your daily life, recognize the lies, and combat them with the truth. I recommend Understanding the Times by David Noebel as a great equipping tool to learn about worldviews. We will be using it this year.
Put on the right glasses!
Merey (Meredith Ludwig Curtis)