I remember the day clearly... walking with our two littles around our neighborhood; Nathan in a stroller and Noah’s barely-out-of-toddler body moving at break-neck speed to keep up.
We were passing by “that house” in the neighborhood. You know, the one that was falling into disrepair despite the nice looking homes all around it?
As we approached I noticed the yard which stuck out like a sore thumb next to all the well-kept lawns surrounding it. I mumbled to Kathy, “Would you look at that grass...”
Before Kathy could offer a word of agreement (which I am sure she would have), our eavesdropping Noah piped up and interjected his two cents: “Yeah, that looks like wheat. He must be a farmer. He’s really good, isn’t he daddy?”
Well, you can imagine the conversation shifted there as both Kathy and I decided to embrace the positive and leave the negative-nelly neighbor (which would be us) out of the forthcoming comments.
Noah that day, and to this day, has reminded me how important it is to be aware of the lens through which we view the world. I’m not talking about being overly optimistic, ignorant of the facts, or just positive for positive’s sake... even though every now and then that’s not a bad set of glasses to put on your face.
What I am saying is that everyone sees the world through the lens of how you think and what you believe.
In the church, we try to teach how to see the world through a biblical worldview. A biblical worldview sees everything through the Holy Spiritfilter of scripture, the heart of Jesus, and the eyes of God.
It is utterly important to recognize what set of lenses you are using to view the world. In fact, many who call themselves believers are actually looking through INcorrective lenses.
Colossians 2:8 (ESV): See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.
Many have literally been “taken captive“ by the viewpoint of this world and they see things far from the way God sees them. And, most don’t even realize they’ve been taken!
That’s why it’s important that we have a biblical worldview.
For the next several weeks at CrossPoint we will be studying in a series called “Foundations.“
We will be looking at the biblical reasons for what we believe concerning our discipleship process. We will be studying the theological framework for why we do what we do in some of our most basic practices. We will be establishing our biblical worldview for the things most important to us and establishing foundations upon which we can live.
I hope you’ll join us either online or in person, as we will begin to see everything with new eyes.
Thursday, February 25, 2021
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