Our worldview is the lens through which we develop our attitudes, beliefs, judgments, behavior, and speech.
According to Dr. George Barna, children begin developing a life perspective as early as 18 months, and those opinions can be cemented into their souls by age 13.
I grew up in the generation of baby boomers.
My worldview was determined by the Christian principles of my family and the community we lived in.
In a small Arkansas town, most citizens went to church and most who didn’t still believed in God.
During this time period, the nation came together to pray when we entered war or another crisis.
But over the years, unbiblical values and un-Christian doctrines have infiltrated our society.
With the help of the internet, these philosophies spread like a flood and drowned the earth with waves of unholy conclusions.To re-establish and maintain a biblical worldview, the Church needs to focus on discipleship.
Jesus told His apostles to go into the earth and make disciples (Mt 28:19); He didn’t merely instruct them to go and recruit church members.
New converts should be discipled so they can grow into mature believers with strong faith.
Complacent Christians cannot image God in a post-Christian society.
People like me, who had Christian convictions established in childhood, can still be confused by unbiblical teaching if we are not carefully guarding our souls.
We must continue to renew our minds to safeguard our sensibilities from being influenced by the fallen ideals around us.
Here are four ways to establish and preserve a biblical worldview.
4 Ways to Establish a Biblical Worldview
1 – Prioritize Bible reading and prayer.
Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. – Romans 12:2
When our Creator comes first, and His Word takes root in our soul, we adopt His way of thinking. As we put our time with God at the top of our to-do list, we begin to view the world in a biblical manner. When we weave these spiritual disciplines into the fabric of our lives, we learn how to live biblically.
2 – Filter what we see, hear, and read.
Be careful that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit based on human tradition, based on the elemental forces of the world, and not based on Christ. – Colossians 2:8
If what we see on TV, movies, and social media counteracts what our heavenly Father says, we are in danger of being swayed by those voices. Biases can creep in small steps at a time. We may not realize what we have absorbed until we find ourselves thinking or speaking differently.When our Creator comes first, and His Word takes root in our soul, we adopt His way of thinking.
3 – Practice gratitude.
Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, overflowing with gratitude. – Colossians 2:6
We can maintain a soft heart toward our Heavenly Father through gratitude. Every day we can find something to thank the Lord for. This keeps our minds focused on Him and will protect us from absorbing critical and negative perspectives that infiltrate lifestyles that surround us.
4 – Read biographies.
Imitate me, as I also imitate Christ. – 1 Corinthians 11:1
Inspiration from teachers of the past or present who have influenced people for the kingdom of God can encourage us to follow their examples. When we read historical accounts of great Christian leaders and martyrs, we learn how their faith kept them strong.
Four Ways to Preserve a Biblical Worldview
1 – Make your values known at home.
Impact the next generation by modeling virtuous behavior, reading the Bible, praying, and attending worship services.
When we make the Bible’s doctrines a priority in our home, we help our family members develop strong faith.
Our children will come into contact with people who disagree with our values, and it is our responsibility to teach them how to respond with grace and steadfastness.
2 – Model and teach your values at Church.
We teach these ideals in Sunday School and explain why the lessons in Bible stories apply to our lives.
Giving back to the city or county through church members ministering in homeless shelters, city-wide festivals, nursing homes, and hospitals will reflect Christ to the population.
When Christians engage with their communities, they model Christlike behavior that counteracts the self-centeredness of our culture.When Christians engage with their communities, they model Christlike behavior that counteracts the self-centeredness of our culture.
3 – Stand for your values in education.
Our culture has evolved into one that promotes any behavior a person feels like doing. If students are taught that sinful actions are normal and acceptable, parents and grandparents have the right to oppose the instruction.
We would, of course, need to express our opinions in controlled and non-aggressive ways, but we still have the right to protect our kids.
4 – Make your voice heard in government.
Moral values have suffered for decades because of complacency. Many believers separated themselves from societal issues by accepting the lie that Christians weren’t supposed to get embroiled in governmental affairs.
This lack of involvement helped promote the agenda of people who wanted to abolish prayer and Bible reading in schools. Sadly, this was the first step in eliminating other religious displays from public buildings and events.
We can make a difference by contacting representatives, participating in the voting process, and supporting candidates who represent our values.
Do not allow feelings of inadequacy or a sense of smallness to deceive you.
You can make a difference in your home, church, community, and country!
In 1876, one vote elected Rutherford B. Hayes as President of the United States, one vote made Texas part of the United States in 1845, and one vote kept Aaron Burr from becoming president in 1800.
Our views matter; our voices are necessary.Our views matter; our voices are necessary.
It is our responsibility to respect government authority while rejecting anything that goes against God’s Word.
Peter told the Sanhedrin, “We must obey God rather than men (Act 5:29).”
We communicate Christ’s character to a dark world by expressing our biblical views with dignity, control, and wisdom.
Discipleship is the key to transforming humanity. We must captivate the hearts of the next generation if we want to change the world for Christ!
As we raise a generation of youth with a biblical worldview, the next hundred years can be filled with teachers, businessmen and women, politicians, and leaders who live by the truth of scriptural precepts.
Barbara Latta writes devotions, articles, and Bible Studies for online and print publications as well as a monthly column in her local newspaper. She shares as a Titus 2 woman on her blog to encourage older women and mentor the younger generation on the rocky road of life at BarbaraLatta.com. Barbara enjoys sharing motorcycle rides with her Harley prince and is the author of God’s Maps: Stories of Inspiration and Direction for Motorcycle Riders, where she shares spiritual insights from their adventures. Her joy in life is being a wife and mother of two grown sons, and Mimi to her granddaughter. Connect with Barbara on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.