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:
- Do absolute moral truths exist?
- Does the Bible define absolute truth?
- Did Jesus lead a sinless life?
- Is God an all powerful, all knowing creator of the universe and is He still active in the world today?
- Is salvation a gift that cannot be earned?
- Is Satan real?
- Do all Christians have a responsibility to share their faith with others?
- 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.