How to Defend Your Biblical Worldview
- Monday, August 20, 2007
Editor's Note: The following is a report on the practical applications of Rod Parsley's book, Culturally Incorrect: How Clashing Worldviews Affect Your Future, (Thomas Nelson).
American culture today is a jumbled mess of clashing worldviews that lead many people astray from biblical truth. Don't let yourself fall victim to confused thinking that harms your spiritual health. Instead, take a stand for the biblical worldview and help heal our culture in the process.
Here's how you can defend a biblical worldview in our confused culture:
Learn how to be in the world, but not of it. Don't just assimilate into the broader culture by living a lifestyle that's the same or similar to the way unbelievers live. Instead, live out your faith by following biblical principles in all areas of your life so people can clearly see that you, as a Christian, are distinctly different from unbelievers. Ask God to help you identify areas of your life in which you need to be more faithful, and to give you the grace you need to grow in those areas.
Trade comfort for sacrifice and service. Realize that faith isn't about seeking your own comfort, but about making sacrifices and serving others so you can grow into the person God wants you to become. Ask God to help you stop looking inward with self-absorption and start looking outward with compassion so you can embrace the rigors of discipleship and the joys of selfless service. Recognize that you can powerfully influence unbelievers by loving them in practical ways.
Engage the culture rather than withdrawing from it. Meet the culture in the marketplace of ideas and present the Gospel message in relevant ways instead of isolating yourself in a Christian subculture. Understand that your faith isn't meant to be private; it's meant to be lived out in all situations - at work, at home, at school, at parks, at your local stores and restaurants, and wherever else you engage with others. Realize that, even if you're not in professional ministry, you still have a full-time calling to minister to others by shining the light of faith brightly into other people's lives. Strive for excellence in all you do.
Be clear about what constitutes a biblical worldview. Make sure you know exactly what you believe as a Christian, and why you believe it. Don't take your faith for granted or fall victim to the widespread confusion in our culture. Read, study, and meditate on the Bible often. Ask the Holy Spirit to renew your mind so you won't conform to the pattern of the culture's muddled thinking and will be able to discern God's wisdom. Figure out how the Bible answers these key questions that help form a worldview: "What is prime reality - the really real?", "What is the nature of external reality, that is, the world around us?", "What is a human being?", "What happens to a person at death?", "Why is it possible to know anything at all?", "How do we know what is right and wrong?" and "What is the meaning of human history?".
Understand other worldviews. Get to know the non-biblical worldviews that are swirling around in our culture. Know that it's crucial to understand what other people believe in order to ultimately be able to persuade them to consider the truth. Reach out to unbelievers and engage them in meaningful conversations in loving and respectful ways. Don't think of people who disagree with you as "stupid, crazy, or evil," but as people made in God's image who are loved by Him yet lost in confusion. Identify the false assumptions underlying the arguments of those who hold non-biblical worldviews and learn how to challenge those assumptions with respect and grace. Look for worldview clues in the media and learn to think critically about the messages they communicate.
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