It has been established over the last two blogs (What is a Worldview? and What is a Christian Worldview?) that worldview is a central aspect of life and having a Christian (biblical) worldview should be the Christian’s priority. Therefore, here I address several ways for Christians to form a Christian worldview.
- Pray for the Spirit’s transformation. Many of our wrong beliefs and perspectives are rooted in our sinful flesh and therefore a miracle of God’s spirit is needed to bring purity. Furthermore, all of the steps in this article will be futile without the Power of God’s spirit. (John 6:63)
- Read and study God’s Word. The best way to form a biblical worldview is to read and study your Bible until it falls apart, and then buy another Bible and read it, repeating the process until Jesus comes back. It is vital though that we read and study the scriptures properly. It can be easy for us to wrongly read and preach the scriptures as if it is a book of inspirational points, each verse beginning a new quote. Even more horrendous is the tendency and temptation that we naturally have to interpret scriptures based on our preconceived opinions. The scriptures are rather to be read and interpreted as the authors intended. Our goal when we read a book of the Bible is to ask the question, what is the author’s intention, or what is the author trying to teach us. Only after we do this can we apply the text to our life and worldview. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
- Re-Examine all of Your Beliefs Next to the Bible. We all have assumptions about life, opinions about politics, and beliefs about ethics. The challenge with this is that every person on the earth begins life with a sinful heart, a fallen mind, and a disposition towards error and rebellion against the Christian worldview. The first part of our life is spent forming an unbiblical worldview so that when we are regenerated by the spirit of God, much worldview change needs to take place. Therefore, as Christians, we must take everything that we once believed about life, and examine it next to what God says. Many of the things we think are common sense are wrong and need correction. We do not place ourselves above the Scriptures by searching it in order to prove our worldview right, we rather place ourselves under the Scriptures, in humility asking God to give us a correct way of thinking about the world.
- Re-examine worldview intake- Practically everything we do influences our worldview. Every word you hear, experience you have, and sight you see shapes and informs your worldview. With this reality in mind, we must examine the voices we are listening to in our life. For example, a Christian who watches a certain news or radio station more than he reads the Bible will have a worldview based more on that station rather than the word of God. For example, a Christian who reads books or watches shows on paranormal activity may begin to have a wrong view on the dead and the spiritual realm. A Christian who allows himself to be overly influenced by unbelievers will begin to form an unbiblical worldview. We should always be in contact with non-Christian perspectives, we just need to be wary of their negative influence on our life and counter those beliefs with daily Bible reading. (Psalm 26:4-5, Romans 16:17, 1 Corinthians 15:33)
- Commit to and become part of a healthy local church. A Christian worldview will never be formed in isolation. The majority of the NT consists of letters to churches, intended to transform the community Jesus redeemed with his blood. If a Christian is not part of and living life with a community of believers, there will be a decline in Christian maturity and worldview formation (1 Corinthians 5:6, Hebrews 10:24-31, Proverbs 13:20). This Jesus loving community, especially if it consists of people from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and ages, will include some disagreement, yet will be a healthy ground for the formation of a Christian worldview.
Many things can be assumed to be true, correct, and good in Christian circles that have no biblical basis. It is our job as Christians to reexamine and put off much of our old worldview and replace it with the truth of God’s world. Only when a Christian has a truly Biblical worldview, will he begin to be a truly prophetic voice in this world of confusion.
Can you think of more ways we can form a Christian worldview? Share them below in the comments.