I was raised in a culture that taught us to develop a “Biblical worldview.” If we break that down, I guess it means to see the world through the lens of the Bible. Or, to allow the Bible to inform and influence the way we:
– see the world.
– talk about the issues in the world.
– respond to the issues in the world.
I appreciate the intent of the instruction. But, I wonder if the instruction falls short? If it is misguided?
You see, The point of the Bible is to guide us to Jesus – at least that’s what Jesus himself says (John 5:39)
So, why settle for a Biblical Worldview when Jesus invites us to a Jesus Worldview?
Honestly, we don’t really follow the Biblical worldview of stoning disobedient children, sacrificing animals to appease God, slavery, silencing women, and on and on. So, I really don’t get the “Biblical Worldview” thing. I can more easily grasp a “Jesus Worldview.”
Jesus invites us to “Follow me”(Matthew 4:19). Not a book. Him.
“All authority has been given to me,” Jesus says as an introduction to the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). Did we catch that? Jesus did not say all authority was given to a book that some guys were going to write. All authority is given to Him.
At the close of his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus challenged the hearers not with “The one who hears the words of Moses, or Isaiah and acts on them is like the wise man, but “The one who hears and acts on (does them, practices them) my words is like the wise man” (Matthew 7:24).
I want to wake up each morning with the thought – “Jesus, let me see all things, all people, through your eyes. Give me your worldview.”
I’m teaching a series called “What Would Jesus Say About…”. We’re diving headfirst into a deep pool. One thing I’ve noticed is that most of the discussion about these issues from Christians sound similar to the discussions about these issues from people who don’t claim to follow Jesus. We tend to repeat the views and even prejudices of whatever news source we listen to or group we hang out with.
I’m inviting people to join me in discovering a Jesus perspective of what is going on today.
I’m asking myself, and encourage others to ask as well:
“If following Jesus does not influence or transform the way I see and talk about the issues of our day, I wonder what good religion is?”