There Are No Shortcuts!

By February 6, 2022Public Blog

We live in a microwave world! Everyone is looking to see how they can do everything faster. Whatever the issue or problem is people want the easy 3 steps to its solution. Shelves are filled with books that tell us how to do anything and everything in some many easy steps.

Most Christian educators know that authentic Christian education requires that every subject be taught from a biblical worldview education. Christian accreditation standards require that teachers show their biblical integration objectives in their curriculum guides. However, the reality is that much of what takes place in Christian schools and homeschools fall far short of offering students a true biblical worldview education.

Why is this the case when there is so much emphasis on biblical worldview integration? I believe the reason there is such a wide gap between the theory of integration of faith and learning and it actually taking place is because we simply want so many easy steps to follow to make it happen.

I am often invited to come to a school and provide staff development to help teachers teach from a biblical worldview perspective. Of course, I will only have between 2-6 hours to accomplish this task. When I begin to lay a foundation for what is a biblical worldview, there is often an impatience to skip ahead and get to the “how to do it.”

Unfortunately, there are no shortcuts when it comes to offering a biblical worldview education to children and youth. One can know the definition and the various components that make up a biblical worldview but that will not guarantee that teachers will be able to teach from a biblical worldview perspective.

In fact, studies have found that the vast majority of Christian adults do not have a biblical worldview. Some studies indicate that only 4-9% of Christian adults actually possess a biblical worldview. If these statistics are somewhat accurate, it means that 91-96% of Christians are not equipped to teach any subject from a biblical worldview perspective. This is because one can only give what one possesses.

If you are thinking to yourself okay what do I need to do so I can have a biblical worldview, my response probably won’t be very popular. There is no quick and easy way to develop a biblical worldview. I can’t tell you that you will have one if you read certain books (even though there are some wonderful books out there that can certainly help) or if you follow these steps.

Here is what it is going to take to develop a biblical worldview and, hopefully, be able to teach every subject through a biblical worldview lens. You and I must know God’s Word! That’s it!

My friend, Dr. James Merritt, recently posted on social media the following.

It is one thing to have a Bible. It’s another thing to believe the Bible. It’s a third thing to read the Bible. But it’s only when you obey the Bible that it truly becomes alive and you experience the abundant life Jesus promised.

I replied to this post by writing: unfortunately most Christians never get past the second point. How much time you and I spend reading and studying God’s Word is the only thing that will determine if we will develop a biblical worldview. Reading a couple of verses each day or a daily devotional about the Bible won’t do it. There are not shortcuts!

Jesus told some Jews who had believed Him (they were believers) If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:31-32, NKJV). As Christians living in a microwave culture we look for shortcuts to being a disciple of Jesus. I cannot count the number of times that I have heard a Christian say, the truth shall set you free and think that this is all that Jesus was wanting us to know.

Jesus doesn’t give a one, two or three step process to being set free by truth. Instead, He is telling us that the only way to being a disciple and knowing truth that will lead to true freedom is to abide in My word. Some other translations use the word continue or dwell instead of abide.

How can you and I develop a biblical worldview and, therefore, teach from that perspective? We must take up daily residence in God’s Word! We cannot merely stop and visit God’s Word. No, we must move in and live there each and every day.

I wish I could tell you that if you follow certain steps, you will have a biblical worldview in 30 or 60 days. It will only happen when you and I are determined to abide in God’s Word every day and let the Word renew our minds. As this happens, we will see our subjects differently and we will give the next generation an authentic biblical worldview education.

As we do this, we must also avail ourselves of some valuable resources that are there to assist us in this all-important task. Some of these can be found by clicking on this link.

I want to encourage you to consider joining me for one of two Kingdom Education Summits this summer. One will be held in Winter Garden, FL and another one in Phoenix, AZ. CLICK HERE for more information.


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