2005-10-25

What's a World View?


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Over at AgapePress Rev Mark H Creech, Dir of the Christian Action League has a great piece on the abundance of professing Christians clinging to cheap grace.

He cites a number of Barna studies which reveal that most Americans claim to be Christians yet few demonstrate any kind of meaningful evidence of it in their core beliefs and approach to the Bible.

Obviously this kind of thing is hard to measure, and I know many who would dispute the particulars of some of the statements Barna uses to gauge the strength of respondents' biblical worldview. But, can anyone simply look around at our world today and dispute that there is a great deal of truth here?

Creech points out that previous Barna studies "demonstrated how a biblical worldview radically alters a person's lifestyle choices, causing them to reject matters like cohabitation, drunkenness, gay sex, profanity, pornography, adultery, gambling and abortion." Again, I simply say, "Look around you."

The cause of this problem? Creech cites Briscoe who believes it stems from a general acting out against authority as confidence government and our democratic process erodes.

I admit I'm having trouble finding the chicken and egg here. While I agree with what Briscoe discusses, I'm not so sure that those aren't also symptoms.

Somewhere along the line, we collectively lost a foundation. It's not just the biblical worldview that is lost, it's any kind of world view. You don't believe in God, fine. Believe in something. Think! That's what gets me. What is the point in existing if you are content to meander through life without much thought, tossed about by this and that? And if you do occasionally stop to contemplate life , how can you not stumble upon questions from time to time that grip you, refusing to let go until you've read and studied and pondered and eventually resolved them? And in wrestling with such questions how can you not eventually develop some kind of world view?

Creech offers this quote from Arthur W. Pink:
"Never were there so many millions of nominal Christians on earth as there are today, and never was there such a small percentage of real ones .... such multitudes of deceived souls within the churches, who verily believe that all is well with their souls when in fact the wrath of God abideth on them."

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