By Trace Embry
There are many areas that hurting parents grossly under-estimate as being significant in nurturing an emotionally, behaviorally, psychologically, and spiritually sound teenager.
This week I’d like to talk about one of those areas, that is a biblical worldview. In short, having a biblical worldview can never be over emphasized.
A Brief Overview
I have spoken extensively about the importance of a biblical worldview. For a more in-depth understanding, below are some quick links to some of my articles.
- Parenting According to a Biblical Worldview
- Unlocking the Secret to Proper Parenting
- How to Determine if You are Living According to a Biblical Worldview
In short, without a biblical worldview your teen has no objective transcendent starting point by which to determine right or wrong—no answers to the questions of origin, meaning, morality, or destiny—all of which spell “security” to any individual.
Actions Speak Louder than Words
In today’s culture, teens do not see a biblical worldview modeled before them very often; yet, they may attend church regularly.
Teens would rather see a sermon than hear one any day. This does not negate the importance of teaching a biblical worldview. But it is infinitely more effective when teens see the biblical worldview practically applied to real life.
So, for example, parents should always appeal to their own higher authority. When Junior sees that his parents have submitted their own lives to an authority greater than themselves, it makes it easier for him to submit to his parents’ authority.
Without Truth – Relativism Sets in
Helping Junior adopt a biblical worldview must begin at birth—start young. At this point, there are many misguided people who will cry “fowl.” They will say that you are brainwashing your child. Call it what you want; I would say, “Absolutely; with the blood of Christ, who washes dirty brains.”
What are the options? Should we do like so many misguided and ill-informed people (and many Christians) do today? Should we let Junior explore his options at such a young and impressionable age? If you don’t “indoctrinate” your child with a biblical worldview, someone else or something else will indoctrinate them with theirs—passively or aggressively.
Without a teen adopting a biblical worldview, he then feels that his truth is as good as yours. The fifth commandment means nothing to him.
And even when parents do their best to teach and model a biblical worldview, there is an entire culture out there of Snoop Dogs, Eminems, Marylyn Mansons, David Lettermans, Oprah Winfreys, and Keith Obermans–not to mention Hollywood and Madison Avenue’s elites, who would love to impose their venomous worldviews on to your teen.
Have you adopted a biblical worldview in raising your children?