Without understanding the lense we view the world through and being able to share that looking glass with others, it’s impossible to communicate our message effectively.
If you read my writing in my first year of blogging, you’ll (strongly) agree that, without a clearly articulated worldview, following a writer can be a bit, well…
On the other side of that bridge, the writing is equally as traumatic without understanding your own position.
Recognizing this as a HUGE problem, I took some time off from writing to think and pray through how I really view things. A question that my friend asked me over lunch one day helped solidify things for me:
“If I really believe what I say I believe, what am I doing about it?”
Answering that question has been game changing for me.
So….here’s my worldview:
1. 2 Timothy 3:16-18 is foundational: “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (ESV, emphasis mine)
2. Many professing Christians are scripturally anemic: One leading blog for atheists has called American Christianity “A mile wide and an inch deep”, correctly exposing a generation that generally places a low priority on real relationship with Christ but a premium on a minimally engaged “feel good” faith.
3. The result is apathy, passivity and ineffectiveness: The result of this disconnect is a body of believers who have no idea what God’s design is or how to apply their faith to their daily lives.
4. Satan loves apathy, passivity and ineffectiveness: The enemy is leveraging our ignorance of the Word to create false conversions, chaos and conflict within the church that we are unknowingly allowing to hinder the spread of the gospel.
5. The solution is simple: This is easily reversible with intentional study to gain an intimate knowledge of the Bible.
6. The Word doesn’t have to be intimidating: The Bible is much less complicated than most of us believe it to be if we understand how it all fits together and points to Jesus Christ as our Savior and King (yes…even the Old Testament!).
7. Knowledge without faith is useless: When we act in faith on what we learn, God will allow us to be a part of an INCREDIBLE adventure and experience His power as we never have before.
There you have it. Why was I being so complicated before?!