How we consider life and everything on Earth is shaped by our worldview, whether that worldview comes from Christianity, Islam, Secularism, Marxism, New Spirituality, Postmodernism or a host of other views.
The choice of that worldview dictates the overarching response to how we interact with others, serve, parent, vote and much more, says the American Pastors Network (APN).
APN President Sam Rohrer says when Christians go through life with a biblical worldview—through the lens of an accurately defined biblical lens—their outlook on every element of life is different.
“With 10 percent of American Christians overall embracing a biblical worldview and just 4 percent of millennials holding a biblical worldview, is it a wonder our nation’s so quickly departing from God and moral absolutes?” Rohrer said. “It’s critical we know what it is and intentionally shape our thinking and living.
“At APN, we encourage pastors to preach, parents to teach and children to embrace a true biblical worldview passionately, which in turn, impacts all areas for Christ—from family to education, from government to the arts, and from science to spending,” he added. “After all, if Christians think and act like the world, why would anyone around us want what we have?”
Rohrer emphasized four pillars of a biblical worldview that will help pastors, church leaders, people in the pews and Christians of all ages formulate their biblical worldview lens:
- “There is God and He is truth”—Not just any god, but One God: Jehovah God, supreme, eternal, unchanging, no beginning and no end. Not just any truth, Rohrer says, but absolute truth. In a humanistic worldview, God is rejected and truth is relative. By contrast, in a biblical worldview, truth stands strong, leads justly, and equips people to be preserving salt and guiding light.
- “There was a creation, an act of God”—The eternal God created all things, including human life. Therefore, life didn’t just happen or evolve. To cherish life, Rohrer says, one must believe that God exists, that He is the Creator, the Giver and Sustainer of Life and, therefore, that all life is sacred and accountable to Him. This worldview determines a divine view of life from science, arts, politics, education, marriage and human sexuality. It’s why those who reject God as truth reject the sacredness of life and God’s design for marriage and human sexuality.
- “There was a fall, where sin and death entered the world precipitated by the devil”—The fall includes the “bad news” of sin, death and a real live devil, with creation itself damaged, and all men born sinners, totally depraved, and hopelessly separated from God, Rohrer says. Understanding the fall includes the knowledge of God’s love, His perfect law designed to protect man and his property from each other, and to confirm mankind’s reaching God’s perfection on their own.
- “There is redemption and restoration, secured by Jesus Christ”—This is the “Good News.” That Redeemer is Jesus Christ, the sacrificial Lamb of God slain before the world began to redeem a depraved and sinful mankind. We can’t fully explain this Good News and all God did, but we can believe it and live it, Rohrer says.