After studying about different worldviews I have decided to embrace “biblical worldview as opposed to man’s worldview.” For me, it is easier to have a frame of reference available that is superior to man’s opinions or worldviews. The Holy Bible is my source for leading a Godly life. Whether we need instruction on running our home, how to behave in the workforce or what is permissible when engaging in various social activities; the Holy Bible gives us sound teachings.
Home ~ The way that my worldviews affect my home life have changed several times over the years. The closer I got to Jesus the further away I moved from perceiving Christianity in general terms. Perhaps I came to view worldviews in a biblical sense before I even realized I was doing so. My ex-husband, our children’s father and I raised our children to believe in God, respect elders, appreciate blessings, expect disciplining when they disobey and to be kind to others. I was a foster parent when my kids were young, and later in life as well. During my daughter’s high school years I was a therapeutic foster parent to a number of teens over a span of five years. We also took in three or four families who were enduring hardship and potential homelessness when the kids were growing up because I felt it was the right thing to do. Ever since I can remember I have had a yearning to help people less fortunate than me. That said, my daughter has the same spirit. I have taught her that Christianity is an action word, you have to do more than love and respect family, friends or people who like you. Sacrifice means giving up something that means a lot to you like time, money, love, compassion and life.
Work ~ I am pretty much retired but when I was in the workforce I found many opportunities to minister without wearing a sign on my back that read “I am a Christian.” God blessed me with good people skills, compassion and a sense of discernment. One day my boss called me into the office and said “are you a GURU or something? I laughed and replied. “no why do you ask,” He said, I notice the girls are always talking to you about what seems to be personal problems on their break. I told him that I don’t even know what a GURU was but the girls know that if they need somebody to talk to or help them figure out a solution to a problem of any kind, I am there for them. He said that he was not suggesting that I was doing anything wrong but he just noticed that I had a good working and trusting relationship with them. Not being ashamed of the Gospel is a prerequisite for believers, as is giving people who have no smile yours, and getting out of comfort zones to help people who are not in your immediate circle.
Social Life ~ My social life consists of meeting people where they are emotionally, and spiritually, which consists of family gatherings, church, going out to dinner, or the movies. I have never been big on bar-hopping so that was not a vice that I had to give up when I accepted the Lord as Savior.
While the church can be a great place to socialize in addition to worshipping the Lord, too much socializing and not enough sacrifice has become a thorn in the side of many contemporary Christians. It is often the result of belonging to a church fueled by watered-down scripture coupled with leadership overly influenced by the world, and controlled by proud proponents of the Christian worldview. In many cases, church environments that thrive on watered-down scripture may become more of a social platform than a place of worship.
The worldview of many contemporary church leaders is almost identical to that of the world so it may be necessary to read the bible for yourself to know how to have a Godly home.
Joshua 24:15 “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.