What is a biblical worldview, and how does it pertain to parenting? First, maybe I should explain what a worldview is. It’s our view of the world—our filter.
It’s what we automatically believe to be true about life and reality before really thinking about it. It’s a presupposition or prejudice about life and reality. Romans 12:2 – “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.”
A biblical worldview simply means that all we believe and understand to be true about the nature of reality comes from our faith in God and His Word—don’t kill, don’t steal, love your neighbor, etc. Now, when it comes to parenting, having a biblical worldview means raising our kids according to the mandates and principles explicitly and implicitly mapped out in Scripture. Acquiring the mind of Christ. I believe we have bought into the “go sin no more” compassionate mind of Jesus, or the “turn the other cheek” Jesus. We have forgotten about, or neglected, the mind of Christ that made a whip out of chords and drove the Money Changers out of the Temple.
Many well-meaning Christians think that because they attend a good church or because they have grasped all the abstract concepts of their faith that they are living out a biblical worldview. Many Christians have a sound theological perspective in theory and genuinely think that because of this they are automatically living out what they claim to believe, in practical application, in every aspect of their lives; but this isn’t always the case, especially in the area of parenting.
In the area of parenting, I don’t think American Christians, in general, have any idea just how far off-base we really are–I’m speaking in generalities. Just look at the way kids are talking to their parents and what parents are tolerating today–compared to a generation ago.
How did things get so far out of hand? And why do you suppose we have let our guard down?
I have 5 reasons why parenting according to a biblical worldview is virtually not out of hand:
1. Political correctness has replaced “Correctness”
2. Divorce and the destruction of the family
3. Materialism and our current economy
4. Dad’s not being the spiritual leaders of their homes
5. Another element in the equation is, we’ve let our guard down by taking our parenting cues from all the wrong places.
It started with Dr. Spock in the 60’s. Today, it’s Oprah or any number of other celebrities who have never raised any kids of their own. Remember, we have to train our kids to be godly! See my blog “How to Become the Spiritual Leader of Your Family.”
We’ve lost our point of reference, God and Scripture! You can’t have a biblical worldview if you don’t even know what Scripture says. We must understand our times and the fallacies of today’s culture; such as, the idea that God is just a real cool tolerant “cosmic buddy,” or that He doesn’t exist at all. If we will first train ourselves, and then our kids, the importance of acquiring the mind of Christ, we stand a much better chance of raising a godly young man or young woman according to a biblical worldview.
Are there ways we can help you obtain a biblical worldview?