Wikipedia.com says a biblical worldview refers to “a collection of distinctively Christian philosophical and religious beliefs”. Everyone has a worldview, whether they know it or not. Many of use grew up with a worldview that was simply absorbed by osmosis. Philosophies and ideas were given to us by our parents, education, books, movies, the internet, conversations, friendships, experiences, etc. Many of the philosophies I took in as a youngster were completely wrong and in contradictory to God’s truth revealed in the Bible.
But as Christians, we are to develop our worldview according to God’s view on things. We are not to look to the sinful world as our guide. The apostle John tells us “Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (1 Jo 2:15). Paul tells Timothy to “guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called “knowledge”". (1 Ti. 6:20)
What’s the best way to develop a Biblical worldview in yourself and your children? Read and study the Word of God. Know it inside and out, and how it applies to your life. Then follow Deut. 6:6-9 and teach it to your children every single moment by your action and conversations. Then, one day your children will be prepared to “sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence”. (1 Pet. 3:15)
Before we look at how to develop a Biblical worldview in yourself and your children, let’s look at a few current news items to find out why developing a Christian worldview is so important. Realize that how you would respond to the following news items depends on your worldview.
Recently NYDailyNews.com reported that an elementary school committee in Provincetown, Mass. has decided it will begin handing out condoms to 1st graders. Concerned that some parents might object to this, the committee told school leaders “not to honor demands from parents who object to their kids receiving protection.” Beth Singer, the school’s superintendent, said she wanted to guarantee younger students get information on how to use condoms because there is no age limit.
Fox News reported on a proposal in Helena, MT to teach kindergarteners sex education. I’ll spare you the details (of which children of any age should be subject). Each year of this program, the students will learn more and more about the world’s view of sexuality. “It includes teaching first graders that people can be attracted to the same gender.” I agree with Jeff Laszloffy, of the Montana Family Foundation, when he says:
“It’s absolutely insane,” Laszloffy told FOX News Radio. “This is not education. This has crossed the line and has gone from education to indoctrination and that’s the problem parents have.”
And at least one State college has decided that a Christian student (pictured left) must accept the world’s views on homosexuality, or be dismissed. “beliefs are unethical and incompatible with the prevailing views of the counseling profession. The ADF press release states:
Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund filed suit against Augusta State University Wednesday on behalf of a counseling student told that her Christian beliefs are unethical and incompatible with the prevailing views of the counseling profession. The student, Jennifer Keeton, has been told to stop sharing her beliefs with others and that she must change her beliefs in order to graduate from the counseling program.
Augusta State ordered Keeton to undergo a re-education plan, in which she must attend “diversity sensitivity training,” complete additional remedial reading, and write papers to describe their impact on her beliefs. If she does not change her beliefs or agree to the plan, the university says it will expel her from the Counselor Education Program.
What was Jennifer’s crime? Was it shouting at students who were gay or using some type of “hate speech”? Neither. She simply expressed her Christian viewpoints when asked by other students, or when it came up in a classroom setting. “Keeton never denigrated anyone in communicating her beliefs but merely stated factually what they were in appropriate contexts.”
To correct Keeton’s thinking, the school has proposed a ‘take it or leave it’ “remediation” (indoctrination) plan.The ADF press release lays Augusta State’s “remediation” assignments as follows:
The plan assails Keeton’s beliefs as inconsistent with the counseling profession and expresses suspicion over “Jen’s ability to be a multiculturally competent counselor, particularly with regard to working with gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (GLBTQ) populations.” The plan requires her to take steps to change her beliefs through additional assignments and additional “diversity sensitivity training.” It also orders her to “work to increase exposure and interactions with gay populations. One such activity could be attending the Gay Pride Parade in Augusta.”
As you can see, whether it’s public schools or Universities, your children will be challenged at one point. It’s not a matter of if they will be challenged, but simply how often and how they will respond.
Here are further examples where the world will try and force their worldview on your or your children.
- In the future, your local OB-Gyn’s office may offer abortions. Dr. Al Mohler reports that currently “fully half of the 200 OB-GYN programs in the country “integrate abortion into their residents’ regular rotations.”
- Will Christians be considered as part of a cult if they do not accept Darwinian Evolution? (See my previous post on that subject here.)
- What will your children think about gay “marriage” in 10 years, when it will be likely be mainstream in many parts of the world.
What’s the best way to develop a Biblical worldview in yourself and your children?
1.) Read and study the Word of God. Many Christians have never read the Bible from cover to cover. My wife and I currently use Dr. Carson’s For the Love of God to accomplish this each year.
2.) Know the Scriptures inside and out, and how it applies to your life. Check yourself by seeing what 10-20 other godly men have said about it in their commentaries. I find a good source of trustworthy Bible commentaries is the site bestcommentaries.com, but I do have to be careful of their recommendations for prophetic books.
3.) Then follow Deut. 6:6-9 and teach all that you have learned from the Bible to your children every single moment, even by your actions and conversations. Eventually you and your children will be prepared to “sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence”. (1 Pet. 3:15)