What are your priorities for this week?
Here’s something that’s not on your priority docket right now: Confirm your worldview. But… should it be?
This isn’t yawn-worthy elementary philosophy archived in your garage with your freshman leftovers from college. Worldview is the foundation from which you construct your belief systems; it’s the filter through which you assess what’s going on around you, and in the culture; it’s the non-negotiable perspective that identifies you and your community of oneness.
My friend George Barna has transitioned his pursuits as a Kingdom observer – using credible scientific surveys to secure accurate intel on the American life – to his current position as the Director of Research for the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University.
Here’s the tough diagnosis from Dr. Barna, based on his most recent examination of American Christianity. Using credible polling methodology, his team explored the particulars of worldview with people who self-identify as born-again Christians and are involved in a local church.
A quick summation of their findings: 51% of them say that they have a biblical worldview. With those folks, they went deeper with questions that should have clarified the accuracy of that self-assessment. Example, 49% of the 51% said that reincarnation was a possibility. Only 33% said that they believed that human beings are born with a sinful nature and can only be saved from the consequences of sin by faith in Jesus Christ. The 37 test questions – and, their answers – continued to contradict their credibility as followers of Jesus with a biblical worldview.
When the dust settled, the results were stark: while 51% claimed to be solidly founded on the scriptures with their underlying view of life… only 6% are truly aligned with the Word of God. Their conclusion: “the most prevalent belief system for Americans is ‘syncretism,’ a ‘cut-and-paste approach to making sense of, and responding to, life’.” Those are the people sitting around you on Sunday…
“Our studies show that Americans are neither deep nor sophisticated thinkers. Most people seem more interested in living a life of comfort and convenience than one of logical consistency and wisdom. Our children will continue to suffer the consequences of following in the unfortunate footsteps of their parents and elders. People who are willing to fight for a more reasonable way of thinking and acting can make a difference, but it will be slow progress,” Barna observed.
Here’s a critical insight: without a Biblical World View, you will never live your todays in a way that will positively impact your tomorrows.
After 25 years of serving Christian leaders, our anecdotal evidence affirms George’s analysis. Here’s the great news: through the serious pursuit of God’s answer to one’s lifetime purpose and Kingdom Calling, the commitment to recognizing the Bible as the only reliable source material for that exploration results in a confirmation or transformation of one’s worldview. Graduates of The Master’s Program routinely report that they no longer look at life in the manner they once did.
Their experience echoes that of Paul: “So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:16-17).
All of that is arms-length, until you make it personal. What’s your worldview? Are you sure?