Developing a Biblical Worldview – Part 2

When I consider the findings of recent studies on the mindset of today’s Christians, I become very concernedSmoking mind about the future my children and grandchildren will face.  Consider the thinking of U.S. adults as reported in the book, U Turn, written by George Barna and David Barton.

  • 74% are dissatisfied with the way things are going in America
  • 77% say religion is losing its influence on American life
  • 74% argue that the state of moral values in the nation is getting worse
    • American adults believe that specific behaviors are morally acceptable
      • 69% – getting a divorce
      • 67% – an unmarried woman having a baby
      • 66% – a sexual relationship between an unmarried man and woman
      • 58% – gay or lesbian relations
    • only 34% believe that there is any absolute moral truth
  • only 29% of Americans believe that God controls what happens on the earth

The authors state, we have mentally rewritten our history to be one of a nation dedicated to diversity, tolerance, happiness and comfort rather than a nation devoted to the pursuit of holiness, humility, submission to God and gratitude for His blessings.  There is no doubt that Harry Blarmire’s bold statement made in the 1960s is a reality in today’s church.  He stated, there is no longer a Christian mind.

Paul warned Christians that we have to guard ourselves from being conformed to the world by being transformed by the renewing of the mind (Romans 12:2).  Renewing the mind is another way of saying that we need to develop the ability to think biblically.  It is impossible to accomplish this if we don’t believe the Bible is God’s Word and we don’t read and study it on a daily basis.

Again, I refer back to the findings of Barna and Barton.  Closed BibleHere is what they found as they studied the current state of our society.

  • only 23% of Americans contend that the Bible is the actual Word of God, has no errors, and can be taken literally
  • only 1 out of 5 Americans will actually read the Bible of their own volition on any given day
  • only 22-28% of Americans are interested in receiving input from the Bible on parenting, family conflict or dealing with illness or death

The question we must answer is, How does one renew his/her mind?  I believe that most Christians think that this happens by some sort of osmosis.  If we have been a Christian for a long time and go to church regularly, then we have renewed our minds.  The truth is that the process of renewing the mind must be compared to entering into spiritual warfare.

In order to think biblically we must fight a spiritual war each and every day.  This war is described in 2 Corinthians 10:3-6.  It reads

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh,  for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.

These verses give us the steps it takes to renew our minds as we strive to develop a biblical worldview.  I once Walled Cityread a commentary on these verses that described the mind as a walled city that is under attack.  The attacking generals knew that if they were going to capture the city, they needed to scale the walls and climb the towers that were strategically located on the walls.  They did this knowing that the city placed its military strategists in those towers to direct the army defending the city.  The enemy knew that if they captured the military strategists in the towers, they would have the city.

Our minds are like the towers and our thoughts are the military strategists that direct our lives.  How one thinks determines how one acts (Proverbs 23:7).  Since we were all born in sin, our minds are filled with worldly thoughts.  More worldly thoughts have entered our minds as we have lived in a secular culture and, most of us, have been influenced by secular education and media.

In order to renew our minds, we must scale the walls of our minds.  These are the imaginations and speculations that keep us from thinking biblically.  Then we must climb the towers of our minds and take every thought on every subject captive to Christ, who is Truth.  This means I must line up what I think about everything from the sanctity of human life to marriage to handling possessions to educating my children etc. with what God’s Word says about that subject.

If what I think about something does not line up with what the Bible declares about it, I must be wiling to punish that thinking as being disobedient.  Then I must adjust my thinking and my actions to be in accord with the truth of Scripture.  Believe me, this is a painful process.  It is also a never-ending process.  I have found that once I make one thought captive to Christ, the truth uncovers other thoughts that are not inline with Scripture and the daily battle continues.

Here are some questions we need to ask ourselves.

  1. Are we willing to fight this spiritual battle?
  2. Are we willing to take every area of life and address it from a biblical perspective?  This will involve our home life, our church life, our work, what we have and what we do with what we have and even how we educate our children.
  3. Are we willing to punish all wrong (unbiblical) thoughts about all areas of our lives as being disobedient to Christ and allow biblical truth to rule?  This is the most difficult question as it means we will have to change how we live our lives.

Next week I will look at another passage of Scripture that I have found helpful in attempting to develop a biblical worldview and live a life that glorifies the Father.  Be sure to share your thoughts on this post and these questions by leaving a comment below.

 

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  • I thank God for your deepest concern for His children, you have the heart of God and you, like God, don’t want us to perish. I hope we are listening. I know I am and I’m grateful for all your warning and enlightenment, keep up the good work we are listening. 🙂

  • Mark Kennedy says:

    As a Canadian, I look at the stats you presented with a degree of envy. My country is so much further “ahead” on the railway track that leads to perdition. The truly pitiful thing however is that both our countries are on the same train and headed in the same direction. The fact that socially and philosophically, we Canadians are riding closer to the train’s engine and our American brothers and sisters are further back in one of the carriages doesn’t matter a whole lot. The final destination is the same. Let’s pray that people in both our countries will wake up and get off this train before it’s too late.

  • Sheila Carpenter says:

    I’m so grateful for the opportunity to learn about developing and applying A Biblical Worldview teaching in the school where I work. I see evidence of changes slowly taking place.

  • Blair Bryant says:

    Please sign me up to get your blog.
    Thank you, and God bless you!
    Blair

  • Susan says:

    Very interesting- reading your thoughts on our thoughts and bringing them into captivity to Christ. This is where the Holy Spifit has had me studying lately. Such a profound truth that has been “hidden” seemingly for so long. Thank you for shining the light on this powerful principle of God’s word. By the grace of God, I am committed to allowing my mind to stay submitted. To the truth of God’s Word. Phil. 1:6.

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