WHAT’S A CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW?
A recent nationwide survey completed by the Barna Research Group determined that only 4 percent of Americans had a “biblical” worldview. When George Barna, who has researched cultural trends and the Christian Church since 1984, looked at the “born- again” believers in America, the results were a dismal 9 percent.
Barna’s survey also connected an individual’s worldview with his or her moral beliefs and actions. Barna says, “Although most people own a Bible and know some of its content, our research found that most Americans have little idea how to integrate core biblical principles to form a unified and meaningful response to the challenges and opportunities of life.”
The Uncomfortable Conversation:
The Barna group also says in the year 2000, 2 in 4 Americans were an actual "Practicing Christian." Today just 1 in 4 Americans are actually a "Practicing Christian."
Definition: calling oneself a Christian, strongly prioritizing faith and regular church attendance.
We now have the most unchurched generation in American History.
A So-called "Christian Nation."
80% of children under 10 years old in America have never seen the inside of a Sunday School class room. That group makes up 1/3 of our population.
65% of Evangelicals today believes Jesus Christ is NOT the only way.
See no problem with same sex marriage, transgender lifestyle and are pro-choice.
Less than 10% of Evangelical sermons will even mention Hell, Sin, Salvation, or Heaven!
Less than 5% of pastors will ever make an Altar Call!
And we wonder why there's so many more shootings today as apposed to the rest of America's history.
It's not the fault of NRA, Republicans or Democrats.
This lays at the doorstep of the Church! Evidently, the hard question or conversation is are we not doing our job?
Are we demonstrating religion or relationship?
What’s a worldview?
A worldview is the framework from which we view reality and make sense of life and the world. “[It’s] any ideology, philosophy, theology, movement or religion that provides an overarching approach to understanding God, the world and man’s relations to God and the world,” says David Noebel, author of Understanding the Times.
For example, a 2-year-old believes he’s the center of his world, a secular humanist believes that the material world is all that exists, and a Buddhist believes he can be liberated from suffering by self-purification.
Someone with a biblical worldview believes his primary reason for existence is to love and serve God.
Whether conscious or subconscious, every person has some type of worldview. A personal worldview is a combination of all you believe to be true, and what you believe becomes the driving force behind every emotion, decision and action. Therefore, it affects your response to every area of life: from philosophy to science, theology and anthropology to economics, law, politics, art and social order — everything.
For example, let’s suppose you have bought the idea that beauty is in the eye of the beholder (secular relative truth) as opposed to beauty as defined by God’s purity and creativity (absolute truth). Then any art piece, no matter how vulgar or abstract, would be considered “art,” a creation of beauty.
What’s a biblical worldview?
A biblical worldview is based on the infallible Word of God. When you believe the Bible is entirely true, then you allow it to be the foundation of everything you say and do. That means, for instance, you take seriously the mandate in Romans 13 to honor the governing authorities by researching the candidates and issues, making voting a priority.
Do you have a biblical worldview? Answer the following questions, based on claims found in the Bible and which George Barna used in his survey:
Do absolute moral truths exist?
Is absolute truth defined by the Bible?
Did Jesus Christ live a sinless life?
Is God the all-powerful and all-knowing Creator of the universe, and does He still rule it today?
Is salvation a gift from God that cannot be earned?
Is Satan real?
Does a Christian have a responsibility to share his or her faith in Christ with other people?
Is the Bible accurate in all of its teachings?