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Remaining True
Friday, February 17, 2017

Last week I wrote about “The Collision of Antithetical Worldviews” that is evident everywhere we look in our culture. Religiously, politically, and even within our own families we are faced with the need to sort through all the noise and think biblically. Today, emotions run high, and for too long the intellect has remained idle. Perhaps we have relied on others to do our thinking for us, and that is dangerous, knowing that the culture does not operate in keeping with our biblical worldview.

David Brooks notes that “American culture is shifting away from orthodox Christian positions on homosexuality, premarital sex, contraception, out-of-wedlock childbearing, divorce and a range of other social issues.”[1] In reality, the collision of antithetical worldviews rests on the Sanctity of Life, the Sanctity of Marriage, and the Sanctity of Personal Responsibility, the very foundation of a biblical worldview defined in Genesis 1-3.  We can’t pick and choose truth to sustain an emotional decision, but instead must consider all aspects of a biblical worldview in coming to conclusions on these social realities. I believe there is a great need for dialogue and discussion – both inside and outside the church – on these important issues. This dialogue must be in keeping with our biblical worldview, entered into with mutual respect, and based on factual objective truth, regardless of the position one may take.

As the world continues to “evolve,” the church will be tested in its faith, in fact, in its very foundation. What should we be focused upon in the coming years? We must focus on remaining true, becoming whole, and engaging our culture – a daunting and seemingly overwhelming task. Remaining true has many facets to consider. As a church, we must remain true to our belief that the Word of God must be the very foundation of all that we do (II Timothy 3:16-17). We must remain true to the fundamentals of our faith. In addition, we must remain true to our defined Mission, Vision, and Core Values. But the real strength of any ministry is not solely in its defining statements (Statement of Faith, Church Covenant, and Mission Statement), but its people remaining true to their Lord, their marriages, their families, their church, and their calling to live “self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age” (Titus 2:11-14). As you can see, many of these matters are under siege today, so let us fight the good fight and remain true.


In the end, I simply want to emphasize the need to think, and to think biblically. All of us must adhere to a biblical worldview that is comprehensive, cohesive, and cogent, allowing us to “interpret and judge reality” – all reality – from a distinctly biblical perspective, addressing the most critical matters of our time. The collision of antithetical worldviews is a constant reality in the world in which we live, and we must discern the times. The Apostle Paul reminds us that,

“Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”  II Timothy 3:12-17

A timely reminder indeed.          

 

[1] Brooks, David. “The Next Culture War,” New York Times, June 30, 2015, http://nytimes.com/2015/06/30/opinion/david-brooks-the-next-culture-war.html.