If we are going to be successful in educating our children to think and act from a biblical worldview, it is imperative that Christian educators, parents and church leaders develop a biblical worldview themselves. As I pointed out in an earlier blog, studies show that Christians are becoming more and more secular in their thinking. Biblical illiteracy is at an all-time high in the body of Christ here in North America. We cannot instill in our children what we do not possess ourselves.
So, how do we develop a biblical worldview in our lives? Paul wrote to the church of his day and made them aware of the fact that, as Christians, they had the mind of Christ. The same holds true for us today. However, just possessing the mind of Christ is not enough. We must utilize what we have in our everyday life in order to think and act from a biblical worldview.
The first step we must take in developing a biblical worldview is very simple. We must develop a right view of God’s Word. This is where we must begin. Last week I had the privilege to talk with David Barton, founder of Wallbuilders. We discussed the lack of biblical understanding among Christians today. He shared with me that a right view of Scripture requires that Christians:
- Accept the Bible to be inspired (1 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 3:16-17).
- Accept the Bible to be true or inerrant. This must be our view of Scripture even when we don’t understand it.
- Accept that the Bible gives guidance in every area of life. 2 Timothy 3:17 tells us that God’s Word can thoroughly equip us for every good work.
- Accept that the Bible will always prove to be right even when it doesn’t make sense to us.
The second step is also quite simple but very seldom followed by the vast majority of Christians today. We must commit ourselves to reading and studying the Bible every day of our lives. It is impossible to think biblically if we don’t know what the Bible says. Very few Christians pick up God’s Word other than on Sundays when they go to church. Today, a growing number of Christians don’t even carry a Bible to church anymore much less read it everyday. One of my annual goals that I have had over the years is to read the Bible through, cover to cover. There are a number of plans available online that will help you read the Bible through in a year. There is even a plan that will allow you to read the Bible through in 90 days. I completed this plan a couple of years ago. It was challenging but I found that, in order to read through the Bible in this short period of time, I had to cut things out of my life which weren’t very productive.
A third step we must take in order to develop a right view of God’s Word is to look for practical and specific applications to our lives when reading the Bible. If you do this, you will discover that God’s Word addresses every area of life. Every perplexing thing that is taking place in our world today can be understood by studying what God says about it in His Word. I am amazed how the Bible provides us with principles on how to develop right relationships, handle money, deal with criticism, live moral lives, have a successful marriage, how to discipline and educate our children and how to address any other topic you can think of.
There are other steps we must take in order to develop a biblical worldview in our hearts and minds. However, it will be impossible to understand and follow them if we don’t, first of all, develop a right view of God’s Word. Here are some questions you and I must answer each and every day if we are going to think biblically and be equipped to teach our children to think and act from a biblical worldview.
- Do we believe that the Bible is the inspired, God-breathed Word of God?
- Do we believe that the Bible is inerrant? Do we believe it is absolutely true even when we don’t understand it?
- Do we believe that the Bible gives us guidance for every area of life?
- Do we believe that the Bible will always prove to be right even when it doesn’t make sense to us?
We must remember that a person only lives what he/she believes! You and I cannot answer yes to each of these questions if we don’t read and study the Bible each day. If we develop a right view of God’s Word, we would not only read the Bible everyday but we would also live according to its principles that apply to every area of our lives. Next week I want to share what I have learned about how to change from thinking secularly to thinking biblically. Have a great week in God’s Word!