And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
And be renewed in the spirit of your mind…
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus…
Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
I have a biblical worldview. Why? I’m glad you asked. There are a few reasons. I will try my best to be as brief about my reasons as possible. Please bear with me!
First, I have a biblical worldview because God’s Word says that I should have a biblical worldview. Romans 12:2 says that I am not to conform to, or be like, this world. If I am a Christian, I am to be “Christ-like”. That is what the word “Christian” means…to be like Christ. Christ certainly had a biblical worldview. Jesus wanted the will of the Father to be done to the point that He willingly gave His life for a sinful world that needed redemption. He said in Matthew 26:39, “…O My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me: nevertheless not as I will, but as Thou wilt.” Jesus reiterated this plea to the Father again in verse 42 of that same chapter, “…O My Father, if this cup may not pass away from Me, except I drink it, Thy will be done.” Jesus, in the flesh, did not necessarily want to be brutalized and crucified on the cross, but more than what His flesh wanted, He wanted the will of His Father to be done. The only way I can have a biblical worldview is to surrender my wants to Him. I have to want what He wants. I have to love what He loves. I have to hate what He hates.
Second, Paul encouraged the church at Ephesus to think differently from the way they had previously thought. He told them to be “renewed” continually, or to constantly ¨put on¨ a new way of thinking. This is not just the thinking of one´s psychological mind, but this goes deeper…into one´s heart. When deep conviction takes over a person, there is a strong urgency to follow one way or another, and Paul urged the Ephesians to have the deep urgency to think differently…to follow the lead of Christ….to be renewed in the spirit of their minds. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 11:1. ¨Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.¨ I have found, in my personal walk with Christ, that the only way I can be renewed in my mind. the only way I can follow Christ, is to spend time in His Word, allowing His Word to take root in my heart, and let it cause me to see things the way God sees them and not the way I want to see them. I have to surrender my opinions to Him. I have had to confess to Him many times that I was wrong in the past when I thought for sure I was right. I have to think the way He thinks. I must praise what He deems praiseworthy and condemn what He condemns.
Finally, Paul told the people at Philippi to have the same mind as the LORD Jesus Christ. If you have the mind of Christ, you cannot think like the world. You cannot behave like the world. You cannot agree with what the world does. To have the mind of Christ is to keep yourself focused on the things of God all day, every day. Now, I know that we all have lives to live, jobs to go to, interactions to be had, and all of that, and most of it will be with persons outside of the body of Christ. So I am not implying that we are to spend all day prostrate before the LORD, crying out to Him in prayer for 8 hours a day. What I am saying is that in all of our interactions, everywhere we go, everything that we do and say, we need to remember that we represent Christ. Matthew 5:16 says, ¨Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.¨ How will the world see the light of Christ unless the body of Christ allows it to shine through us? Jesus explained to His followers in John 15:19 that we are in this world, but we are not of this world. We cannot align our thoughts with those of the world, because they hate the LORD Jesus Christ, and because they hate Him, they hate us.
I have written ad nauseum about my strong convictions. I have a strong allegiance to the nation of Israel based on Genesis 12:1-3, 15:18-21 and 35:10-12; I have strong convictions about abortion based on Exodus 20:13, Leviticus 18:21, 20:2-5, 2 Kings 23:10, and Jeremiah 32:35; I have strong convictions about marriage based on Genesis 2:24, Proverbs 18:22, 1 Corinthians 11:8-9, Ephesians 5:25-27, and Revelation 21:2. I have strong convictions about the church of Jesus Christ based on Matthew 16:18. These convictions have been shaped by the Word of God. I know that the nation of Israel is the ¨apple¨ of God´s eye, based on Zechariah 2:8. If America, or any other country for that matter, blesses Israel, they will be blessed in return. God has promised it! I know that God hates the murder and destruction of His image bearers while they are still in their mother´s womb. He hates it as much as He hated how Cain killed his brother Abel, and He asked Cain, ¨What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood cries unto Me from the ground.¨ (Genesis 4:10). I know that God hates the redefinition of marriage, based on how He handled Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19. Because I belong to My Father, and His Word is my roadmap to eternal life, His Word must be my guiding force as I navigate the waters of this temporary, earthly life. That is why I have a biblical worldview.
My prayer for you, as you read this post, is that if you do not already weigh everything in the world by the Word of God, today would be the day that change happens in your life. If you have a biblical worldview already, let´s continue to pray for and encourage each other and share the Gospel to the lost and dying world…