Thursday, September 1, 2011

Family Driven Faith-Chapter 4

Give Him Your Heart...there is more to it than going to church on Sunday morning, more to it than just saying your prayers at dinner and at bedtime, it is about living a life that is based on a Christian Worldview--"the big picture that directs our daily decisions and actions".   You can't pretend with a world is who we are, our language, our lifestyle, what we accept as ok, our thinking...all of these things make up our worldview.  "You and I, [and our children] act upon what we believe." 

Quick facts:
1. "The vast majority [of teens] cannot express themselves on matters of God, faith, religion, or spiritual life." (taken from a study done by Christian Smith)
2. Researcher George Barna found that "less than 10% of self proclaimed born-again Christians in America have a biblical worldview." 
3.  "Only 51% of America's pastors have a biblical worldview."

After finding these things out Barna states: "The most important point is that you can't give people what you don't have.  The low percentage of Christians that have a biblical worldview is a direct reflection of the fact that half our primary religious teachers and leaders do not have one.  In some denominations, the vast majority of clergy do not have a biblical worldview, and it shows up clearly in the data related to the theological views and moral choices of people who attend those churches"

Something has got to change!

What is a Christian Worldview?
A Christian Worldview says there is a God--he is personal, sovereign, holy, He created the world, created rules, and interacts with the world.  We understand that, man is a special creation of God--we are made in His image, life is sacred and important and special.  We are important to God, however, we sin--and fall short of his plan for us, we need him to redeem us through a personal relationship with him.  We NEED Him!!  In the Christian worldview, there is absolute truth.  It doesn't depend on how you feel, or what you want.  The Christian worldview understands that "we come to know truth through God's revelation in creation".  We come to know truth through God's revelation in His word.  In a Christian worldview, God determines what is right and wrong.  "God's Word gives us clear instruction on ethics, 2 Timothy 3:16-17. Ethics transcend time and culture" --God's Word is for today, for you, right now--just as much as it was for your grandparents and great-grandparents.  What's right is right, and what is wrong is never right...even if it benefits us, or what is right offends us, or makes us uncomfortable in our culture-- what is wrong is still wrong. 

It is important to not just teach our children these things by saying--this is what Christians believe, so believe it.  No, we need to teach, talk, live it out ourselves.  We need to hide the Word of God in our hearts and in the hearts of our children, so that they/we may be quick to give an answer for our faith (and worldview).  What would our world look like if all of the people who proclaimed that they know God and believe in God would begin to live like they do? Link up your post below! 

Everyone has a worldview...what is yours?

Blessings to you,
 Read the other parts of this series:
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3

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Ann said...

What a great chapter! It really makes you think about what you believe and focus you on God which is so important.

Trophy and Barb said...

Loved this book. Wish everyone I know would read it.