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- Friday, July 21, 2006
* Be patient. Rather than becoming exasperated or giving up when people with different worldviews cling to them for a long time, continue to pray for them and love them. Trust that God is already working in their lives. Give them the time and space they need to work through their issues.
* Be honest. Don’t ignore or sugarcoat topics that cause others to struggle with accepting the biblical worldview, such as horrible events in church history or the sins of some famous Christians. Acknowledge the failures of people who embrace a biblical worldview, and emphasize the fact that everyone needs God’s mercy and forgiveness in this fallen world.
* Focus on love. Remember that what sets a biblical worldview apart from all other worldviews is love. Resist the temptation of thinking that God is an abstract concept to be explained. Know that He is a loving Father to be experienced. Make God your top priority so you can fully experience His love, and so others can see the powerful difference true love makes in your life.
Adapted from Blah, Blah, Blah: Making Sense of the World’s Spiritual Chatter, copyright 2006 by Bayard Taylor. Published by Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group, Bloomington, Mn., www.bethanyhouse.com.
Bayard Taylor holds an M.Div. degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and is Biblical and Theological Editor at a major Christian publishing house. He teaches on worldview to high school, college, homecoming, and parenting groups.
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