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What’s Influencing Your Worldview? - Daily Hope with Rick Warren - November 11, 2021

  • 2021 Nov 11

What’s Influencing Your Worldview?
By Rick Warren

“Stand up for me against world opinion and I’ll stand up for you before my Father in heaven. If you turn tail and run, do you think I’ll cover for you?” Matthew 10:32-33 (The Message)

To live with uncommon courage and stand up for Christ, you have to clarify your worldview—the filter through which you see and understand the world. Yesterday we looked at what it means to develop a Christian worldview. But you also need to understand the non-Christian worldviews that compete for your devotion every day.

Here are four popular worldviews. As you read them, ask God to show you ways that these worldviews may be influencing you more than a Christian worldview is.

Materialism: What matters most is money. Materialists measure their success by wealth. The problem with that view is this: You didn’t bring anything into the world, and you won’t take anything out of it. You were made for more than just things. Luke 12:15 says, “Life does not consist in an abundance of possessions” (NIV). The greatest things in life aren’t things.

Hedonism: Whatever feels good is good. For hedonists, pleasure is their god. Their goal in life is to be comfortable and have fun. But happiness is not the goal in life; happiness is a by-product of living out your purpose. Holiness creates happiness. The Bible says, “Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit” (Galatians 6:8 NLT).

Individualism: What I want comes first. America was built on rugged individualism, and today that has evolved into a culture of narcissism. But God didn’t create you to live for you. If you want to follow Jesus, you have to put aside your selfish ambition. Romans 2:8 says, “For those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger” (NIV). God opposes self-centeredness because God is love, and love is never selfish.

Politics as religion. I’ve spoken at many major, secular conferences, and I’ve discovered this: Politics is the religion of people who don’t know God. There is nothing wrong with politics, but it shouldn’t be your savior. Philippians 3:20 says, “Our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ” (NIV). Be a responsible citizen. But give your greatest loyalty to God, not to government.

What is the result of these popular worldviews? The crumbling of our culture, crisis in our schools, corruption in our businesses, chaos in our government, carnality in our churches, confusion in our families, and conflicts in our personal lives. When you don’t follow life’s owner’s manual, you get hurt. In other words, when you break God’s laws, you too get broken.

To counter these prevalent worldviews, God is calling Christians to stand up for his truth “against world opinion.” You can only do that when you have a solid foundation in God’s Word and the uncommon courage that comes from a relationship with him.

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