Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 13:5 these words.
Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.
It is important to take some time every now and then and examine and test ourselves as to what we believe and how we live our lives. With the end of another school year upon us, this is a good time to do just that.
I want to ask you to respond to the 10 ideas that are presented below. As you read each one, simply determine if you would teach it to your children at home and/or would want your child to be taught this at your church. Let’s get started.
- He/she is a good child but has made some bad decisions.
- Morality is relative and is determined by community consensus.
- Math is relative and right answers are arrived at by experts coming to consensus.
- Man is a product of evolution and is, therefore, a result of time and chance.
- You can be anything that you want to if you set your mind to it and try hard enough.
- It is important that you determine your own identity by how you feel including your gender.
- There is a body of knowledge that is spiritually neutral and is made up of neutral, observable facts.
- There is no such thing as absolute truth or a universal meaning to life. You are to create your own meaning to everything. If someone claims that their truth is absolute, they are trying to control other people.
- One must make decisions in life based on science which is the only means to know truth.
- It is important to follow your heart and just be you.
How did you do? Were there some things that you believe should be taught to your children either at home or in church or at both places? The truth is that all 10 of these items are derived from a secular worldview. Some of them are more obvious than others but they all reflect a secular belief system that ignores or denies God and the spiritual realm.
I have found that most Christian parents and church leaders would reject the idea that these values and beliefs should be taught in their homes and/or churches. However, the vast majority of these same Christians have no problem with these and other similar beliefs being taught to their children at school.
Why would believers take a stand against such anti-biblical concepts being taught at home and church but are silent when they are taught in secular schools. In fact, they will go so far as to fully support these schools and enroll their children in them.
This reality is evidence of what I presented in my last two blog posts, Today’s Real Danger and The Disastrous Consequences of Dualism. It is one thing to know what dualism is and the dangers of it. It is something else to be able to identify it in our own lives.
Unfortunately, most of us have been tainted by a secular worldview and we don’t even know it has happened. This is because we live our religious life by some biblical principles and feel comfortable knowing that this area of our lives is based on truth. At the same time, a biblical worldview does not have any influence on all other areas of our lives.
The more I talk with Christian school leaders, the more I have come to understand that this is a common reality with today’s Christian school board members, administrators and teachers. The result is Christian schools are not having the impact that they could have on students’ hearts and minds if dualism were defeated in their own lives.
It is time that we do something about this dangerous condition that is so prevalent in the western church today. The first step in reversing this dilemma is to identify one’s own worldview.
Renewanation has created a tool to help schools, churches, and families measure biblical worldview development. The ViewFinder is a discovery and development tool designed to help teenagers and adults understand what they believe about six areas of biblical worldview: God, the Bible, moral order, purpose, creation, and humanity.
This tool is a must for parents, church leaders and Christian educators to really understand what worldview they have adopted. Christian school leaders should use this tool as part of their teacher interview process and ongoing professional development plan for staff members.
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Let’s defeat dualism by renewing our minds and thinking and acting from a biblical worldview.