For this blog, I take on a subject, Christian World View, that I am not confident I understand totally. I plan to do 1 more Blog on the subject which will address how you develop a Christian World View, CWV.
We live in a time of changing mores, standards and roles. As quoted above, we shouldn’t walk as other nations do in the vanity of their mind. We must stand fast on the Word to glorify God and get His work done. I pray this will be of value to you in your thinking.
After our salvation we are on a journey, as redeemed people, of building and developing a Christian World View, CWV, i.e. seeing the world from God’s perspective and making our decisions through the lens of God’s Word. This is true for Christians in all cultures. CWV is not developed with one application or commentary or bible study. It is a refined perspective gained with much thought, study, prayer and accountability. A CWV is integrating all God’s teaching and applications into a belief system that directs your thinking and behavior and goals and help you see and understand what God is doing in the world. Walt called it your filter system.
Now let me introduce the idea of a Topical Christian World View, TCWV. That would be taking a biblical position on some “hot topics”, i.e. abortion, motivation schemes, sexual freedom, etc. and standing on your Biblical position on this topic. But then blending all the rest of your CWV with the world perspective. Therefore, you develop a hybrid world view and not a CWV.
Most people I know have a TCWV, but not a CWV.
- TWCV people will say that they are against abortion, i.e. Topical, but they will not stand against a Christian daughter (or son) marrying a non-believer?
- They will not discipline a brother for willfully breaking a commandment and not being repentant?
- They are motivated by their discontent (we want more) and ambition but the bible teaches there is “great gain with contentment”. Remember, we will spend our eternity (if we accept Christ) with God and not the Apple Corporation.
Think on 1Co 3:11-15
“11For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 Now if any man builds upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
14 If any man’s work abides which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”
Question: Out of this teaching, what does God count as Gold, Silver, precious stones? Are these your main objectives, motivators and govern your truth system?
Therefore, being influenced by the scriptures can we agree we need to recalibrate continually where we are going? The world is most seductive.
You and your spiritual buddy and spouse begin to methodically work your way through the scriptures and begin to develop a CWV on the major areas of your life.
Some major areas to start thinking through are
- How do I relate to my siblings and parents as they age? Questions on living location, money, estate planning, etc. What is the scriptural principle that governs your thinking? How do I honor my parents as they get older and as their needs grow?
- What is my role with the sexual deviant?
- What is ministry and do I have one?
- Do my children who are believers know and understand I will not support them marrying non-believers? Does my spouse know this and agree and support my position?
- What is my giving plan and why? Is it dictated by my scriptural thinking or some local organization?
- How do I view and relate to the local church?
- In general, are you obeying authorities? What would you have done in Itler GermanyHHHitler Germany?
- And more. We must be vigilant in this area because the world is very seductive.
These are only starters. More next month.
Mission statement of the Blogs
These blogs are to stimulate your biblical thinking to become Issachar’s of our time.
1Ch 12:32 and from the sons of Issachar, men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do…
These blogs are an attempt to articulate key biblical issues of our day so that we can
- Learn and understand the propositions of the Bible concerning our life
- We can apply the truth in our life in the sanctification process
- Contend/defend against heresy or apostasy.
- We can draw closer to God
We have a Web site for the blog. Thanks to Mr. Matt Mac Millan.
The address is JacksonsJournal.com