I can remember sitting in Bible class, at the Lexington Christian Academy, listening to Glenn Massey teach us of the importance of a worldview as well as watching and reading everything Francis Schaeffer had to say on the subject. I cannot remember when this subject became a neglected supposition; that I have long taken for granted. Since I began reading Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity, by Nancy Pearcey, I have been given a new and expanded understanding of the implications and necessity that we think Biblically.
Christians thinking Biblically, how can you be a Christian and not think Biblically? It is a lot easier than most of us would imagine. Understanding static theological concepts is far different than actively submitting the entirety of our being to God’s Word. In fact if you believe that understanding static theological concepts is all that is necessary to think Biblically then, more than likely, you do not have a Christian worldview.
In my previous post “When Acid Burns” I defined a worldview as; “the overarching interpretative framework through which you interpret the world around you.” I also used the following simile comparing a worldview to a pair of glasses; “Your worldview is like the glasses through which you view life; they determine not only what and how you see but if you see at all.” It its most basic sense to have a Christian worldview is to view the world as Christ would or rather to see the world through the eyes of Christ. In I Corinthians 2:16 we are told that as Christians we have the mind of Christ and it is imperative that we interpret the surrounding world accordingly.
In my next three posts I am going to attempt to explain a Christian worldview within the framework of Creation, Fall, and Redemption. I look forward to the discussion that I hope these posts bring.