Last night I had an incredible opportunity to teach the comprehensive worldview structure to a fellowship group over here. And once again, I am reminded of the importance of understanding a total global worldview and its impact on every choice we make in this life.
Teaching worldview structure isn't merely a curriculum for our churches to seem more academic or culturally relevant. It's the basic foundation of how we see the world around us, how we interact with people, how we spend our time, how we read the Bible, and let's just be honest…the answers you seek to frame your basic philosophy of life dictate every choice you choose when you wake up in the morning.
As I've been hanging with teenagers here, I've seen the necessity of providing the framework whereby they can begin to make their own decisions. It's not about trying to force them to think a certain way, but rather; it's a delicate balance of providing the frame, allowing the spirit to work, and watching them grab a hold of life as they want.
Too often we see religious leaders manipulating people to think a certain way or act a certain way based on their own interpretation of the world. But what if we showed the next generation the differences in the choices of worldview? Are we ready to stand confidently that they'll follow the right one? Can we truly put our own worldview on the examination table of life, and stand firm the worldview based on Jesus can stand the world's test?
I believe the Bible when it says, "…no one can say Jesus is Lord except by the Spirit." (1 Corinthians 12:3) Therefore, if it's the spirits responsibility to allow for our understanding of the Lordship of Christ, then I just have to be ready to agree with Peter who says, "But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give
an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that
you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who
speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed
of their slander." (1 Peter 3:15)
I must be diligent in seeking answer, creative in ways to present this material, but ultimately my responsibility stops at the communication level, and the listener has a responsibility to put the concepts into action.
So as I lay out the framework of a biblical worldview, I'm confident the Spirit of God will draw those unto Himself. I'm sure the God of the universe is able to connect the intellectual dots to create a beautiful picture as we submit ourselves to Him. And ultimately, we'll have given a chance to a generation existing in a world more ambiguously driven than any other time in human history.
We can give answers to the world's toughest questions.
We don't have to succumb to the neo-atheists who claim religion is the source of the global problems.
We can show the world, in practical time, we are living out God's intention for life.
That's why it's important to have yourself and your kids in a place where they can develop a holistic worldview. That's why I keep advocating for our place in Colorado. We don't JUST provide teenagers and college students with a wonderful vacation in the mountains, but we're committed to helping kids understand how they interpret information, how they assimilate information, and how they can act going forward in life with Christ at the center.
Worldview isn't just a buzzword.
It's can't be thrown out and looked over.
It sure can't be learned in an hour, or even a day.
It can't be found in one book, or ten books for that matter.
It has to be lived in real time.
It has to be put to the test.
It has to be learned through the suffering and celebrations of life.
Your worldview is the reason you do what you do, and I feel a deep sense of obligation to help people, especially teenagers and college students, to develop this worldview so they can have a chance navigating their own place in the world.
Some have e-mailed and asked, "how can we help?"
I would love for you to
Keep praying for my time overseas.
Pray for God's strength while I'm away from my family.
Pray for God's word to flow in this fellowship.
Pray that the worldview teaching will be fruitful.
And ultimately, pray for a safe return.
I'm 5 more days from coming home, and I have much to write and think about concerning the Christian Worldview. I can't wait to share it with you.
To God be the Glory