Do You Have a Saintly Worldview?

In the sermon last Sunday, my husband talked about having a Christian worldview.  A study by Barna research revealed some disturbing results.  Only 9% of American adults answered the questions in a way that indicated they hold a biblical worldview– even sadder, only about 1 in 5 of the people who described themselves as “born again” hold such a outlook!

Well, you might be saying, what were those questions?  Maybe they were tricky, or too theological or difficult to understand.  I’m going to post them below.  They look pretty basic to me:

  1. Do absolute moral truths exist?
  2. Does the Bible define absolute truth?
  3. Did Jesus lead a sinless life?
  4. Is God an all powerful, all knowing creator of the universe and is He still active in the world today?
  5. Is salvation a gift that cannot be earned?
  6. Is Satan real?
  7. Do all Christians have a responsibility to share their faith with others?
  8. Is the Bible accurate in all of its’ teachings?

If you answered “no” to some of these questions, the culture may be influencing you more than your Bible.  If you said yes to all these questions, are you living as if you really believed them?  There can still be a gap between our intellectual assent and our actions.   As saints, we’re called to be Christ’s ambassadors, and an ambassador represents a different country than the one in which they live.

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”  Romans 12:2

As sinners, we’ll often fall down.  Our transformation is incomplete. We say we believe one thing, then behave as if we don’t.  Every day we need to pray:

“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:21

Ask God to give you a saintly worldview and the strength to live in its grace.

 

 

 

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Learning from Everyday Saints

“As iron sharpens iron,
so one person sharpens another”  Proverbs 27:17

As Spiritual Gifts Coordinator for our church, I have the privilege of talking to different members about their passions, the things that tug at their hearts, the tasks to which God has called them.  That inspires me in ways I would not have imagined.

Two people I spoke with recently are attracted to caring ministries, and we talked about their desire to provide for the hungry, needy and homeless.  Our conversations came around to the fact that we sometimes see people on the street, holding up a sign that says “homeless” or “unemployed” and feeling helpless and unsure of what we can do.  Paralyzed by indecision, we just drive by, feeling guilty.

Well, we came up with an idea.  One friend said she saw a list online of items to include in a “care package” for the homeless– things like wipes, granola bars, raisins, socks, etc..  I made two up, putting the items in a gallon zip-lock freezer bag and including a small new testament.  I’m now carrying one in each of our cars.

This week, I had an opportunity to give one out.  The man I handed it to was so happy and told me how much he needed a pair of socks!  He had a big smile on his face as I drove on and he waved good bye. Even better than giving him a few helpful items, I connected with him as a human being.

I know this is just a small thing, but I believe Mother Theresa once said we don’t need to do great things, we just need to do small things with great love.  I am thankful to my fellow saints, who helped me find a way to do this.  That’s how it is with spiritual gifts — when we drop them in God’s hands, the ripple effect goes far beyond our own lives.

Lutheran ladies, what have you learned from the saints you meet everyday?

For All the Saints

A month on the saints wouldn’t be complete without this favorite All Saint’s Day hymn.  Written by Bishop William Walsham How (1823-1897), the lyrics are based on the great cloud of witnesses described in Hebrews 12:1. Since I have taken this as my life verse, it’s not surprising that I love this song.  I hope our readers will, too.