What is a Worldview? Part 1

{By Ellery Sadler}


Much like its name implies, a worldview is your view of the world.

It may be a Christian worldview, a Buddhist worldview, an atheist worldview etc. but it colors everything you see and do.It is the lens through which you view the world, to put it somewhat poetically. Whatever your beliefs, it is important to study them and understand why you believe what you believe, not only for your own sake but for the sake of your family (present and future), and so that you can articulate your beliefs coherently.

            You don’t really want to have this conversation:

           “Hey Average Joe, I heard your a Christian. Is that right?”

           “Yeah, I am.”

           “So, what does that mean exactly? What do you believe?”

          “Ummmm … that God loves everyone … and that Jesus died to save us.”

          “What do you think truth is?”

          “Well, like what God says is true is true … I guess …”

Not good. Not compelling. And certainly not articulate.

As Christians, who are called to ‘give an answer for the hope that is in them’, we have a duty to understand what we believe and why, so that we can share it with the world

Questions like who is God? Who is man? Where did man come from? Why is there evil in the world? What is truth? Are all extremely simple, but crucial, questions that need to be answered.

So, I thought first of all I would share some resources with you, some of my favorite books and one of my favorite DVD series on this topic. Then we’ll discuss some of the most important questions facing you and me, and the answers to them.

We live in a world that does not fear Christians, it laughs at us instead. And we’ve become quiet. We’re just the ‘nice’ people, who maybe don’t swear as much, maybe don’t drink as much, maybe don’t watch ‘bad’ movies or read ‘bad’ books, but really aren’t that different and aren’t that passionate.

We are not the lion-chasing, giant-slaying, lame-rising, wild-eyed Jesus followers we used to be.

‘Yeah, I’m a Christian,’ we might say.

But do we really understand what an upside-down inside-out way of life this implies?