The Importance of Knowing Worldviews

This blog’s primary purpose is to encourage followers of Christ to know what they believe and see faith, culture, and citizenship from a biblical worldview. A corollary to this goal is specifically to help parents teach their children worldviews so the children can spot unbiblical views at school and in the culture.

During my teen years in the 1980s, I knew my biblical beliefs stood in the minority of my fellow students. I lived in a suburb of Seattle, where American cultural Christianity never truly took hold. When I spoke about traditional values, I was mocked.

A hundred years ago, socialists flocked to the Puget Sound region to create communes and labor demonstrations. Since then, Seattle has been a magnet for unconventional thinkers. So, few of my peers shared my faith.

With less than ten percent of the population following a biblical faith, young people have been easily drawn away from their parents’ faith. When I returned to my home church after college, none of my fellow youth group members had remained. Some had settled elsewhere. Others had simply left.

Ever since then, I’ve been concerned about the mass exodus of youth from the church.

When my husband and I were dating, we began to put together a Bible 101 lesson plan for our singles group. We were appalled at the biblical illiteracy we saw and wanted to improve it. We dropped the project when we got engaged.

About ten years later, our church hosted a weekend conference by Worldview Academy for adults (they specialize in working with youth and college students). That was my first introduction to worldviews, and the event opened my eyes to how people adrift from biblical faith.

Today, I read this article on The Stream, “How to Prepare for the Next Cultural Revolution” by Alan Shlemon of the apologetics group Stand to Reason. Shlemon speaks to the need I’ve seen in the church these thirty-some years.

We need to keep working out our faith to determine whether we have aligned our lives to the gospel of Jesus and not be swayed by false doctrines adopted by the culture.

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