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A Collision of Antithetical Worldviews
Thursday, February 9, 2017

Do you ever get the feeling that you are out of the mainstream and swimming against the current on matters of morality, ethics, politics, and current events? It can create a feeling of uncertainty and doubt in the mind of the believer who holds a biblical worldview. It may even, at times, cause you to ask,  “What am I missing?” Be encouraged! You may not be missing anything.

You just adhere to a different worldview than many in our culture. Ronald Nash defines a worldview as “a conceptual scheme by which we consciously or unconsciously place or fit everything we believe and by which we interpret and judge reality.”[1] For the believer, our worldview is derived and constructed upon the truth of the Word of God. That demands that we know the Bible and live within the confines of our biblical worldview. Therefore, in today’s social and political milieu, we are almost always going to be in conflict with the world. When dealing with morality, ethics, politics, religion, and God, we find ourselves on a collision course with alternative worldviews and the “voices of authority” that exist in the world. “More and more uninformed Christians are confused on this issue and overly dependent on what ‘experts’ are telling them rather than engaging in the work and study of reading for themselves the testimony of Scripture.”[2]

As believers, we need to be informed, we need to think biblically, and we need to be able to “discern the times” (I Chron. 12:32). One must guard against allowing emotions to determine truth or alter the way we think. “When feelings are supreme, however, individuals consult their own responses before they heed objective customs, rules and traditions. The moral order comes second to the fluctuating emotional state of each person.”[3] It also undermines our ability to think biblically because “Instead of asking, ‘is it right?’ A generation of Americans has been raised to ask, ‘How do I feel about it?’”[4] Everyone is entitled to an opinion, and everyone experiences a range of emotions, but truth is objective in nature and rests upon the ultimate authority of the Bible for believers. What is the voice of authority that informs you on the current events of the day and the most important matters of our time? We cannot let our minds and emotions drift away from the Bible to the political and social elites who adhere to a radically different worldview. Nor can we allow our emotions to sideline our intellect. Somehow, we must sift through all of the noise and think biblically as we sort out all of the information that bombards us on a regular basis. We must learn to discern, and “Discernment is the skill of understanding and applying God’s Word with the purpose of separating truth from error and right from wrong.”[5] Tim Challies points out that “An important prerequisite for discernment is to ensure that you fully understand what is being said.”[6] That means you must listen, and when you do, you will discover that much of the social and political discourse today is duplicitous, marked by deliberate deceptiveness in behavior and speech, and intended to stir people emotionally, not intellectually. Sound bites, slogans, and social or political rancor don’t lead to the truth. You must think, and as a believer, you must think biblically in order to know what is true.

 

[1] Nash, Ronald H Worldviews in Conflict: Choosing Christianity in a World of Ideas. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1992, 16.

[2] Ingram, Chip. Culture Shock. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2014, 110.

[3] Bauerlein, Mark and Bellow, Adam. The State of the American Mind. West Conshohoken, PA: Templeton Press, 2015, E-book.

[4] Ibid.

[5] Challies, Tim. The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment. Wheaton, IL: Good News Publishers, 2007, 61.

[6] Ibid. 165.