“Worldview is closely linked to the creation of culture,” said writer and journalist Terry Mattingly on our BlogTalkRadio show last night. “If you think of culture as hardware, in computer terms,” he went on to say, “worldview would be the software — the lens though which you look at the world, and the make-up of that lens comes from the culture in which you have grown up — what you think is valuable, what you believe, what you think art is. Your social class, your race, and your education all play into how you see the world.”
What is something that everyone has, but few recognize? What is something that doesn’t have to make us enemies, but often does? What is something that could be a bridge or a wall, depending on how you think about it? The answer: your worldview.
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:13-16
When it comes to talking about spiritual things in the marketplace, we need to let the other person set the starting point of the conversation.
I just came upon an interesting statistic. Of the people who voted for Donald Trump in 2016, the percentage who regret their vote today is a whopping 3%. And of the people who voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, the percentage who regret that vote is … hold your horses, a surprising … 3%! What does that tell you? Two things.
William Wilberforce 1759 – 1833
One of our readers was wondering about my comment yesterday that politics cannot do the work of the kingdom of God and vice versa. He brought up William Wilberforce, a member of the British Parliament in the late nineteenth/early twentieth century, who was instrumental, as a born again Christian, in helping abolish the slave trade in that country. It was a good point, well taken, that made me look into some history on that.
Instead of trying to make society more Christian, we need to focus on making ourselves more vitally Christian in society. This is what Jesus would want.
Christians have spent an inordinate amount of time, money and effort in the last 30 years trying to make society more Christian. And to do so, we have bought heavily into politics as the way to go about changing the world. Bad move. Rather than making the world more Christian, it has ended up going the other way. The world’s influence on us has turned out to be much greater than our influence upon the world.
Currently I am in the middle of what appears like it’s going to be a long wait at the Apple store. If you‘ve ever been in one of these, you know it’s a crowded, bustling place about the size of half a gymnasium. There are three rows of long tables that stretch from one end of the store to the other. The tables close to the front of the store contain new products; the tables in the back are for people like me who are waiting for a technician or currently getting help from one. At the very back of the store is a long table that runs perpendicular to the others. This is what is called the “Genius Bar.” Behind that table sit the Apple geniuses, who are ready to share their expertise with you, if you have an appointment.
I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. John 10:9
My correction to those of you who attended church last night. I totally messed up the biblical reference for this verse. I had the chapter right but I had the wrong book (Matthew) and the wrong verse (:30). I guess one out of three isn’t bad. In baseball, it’s terrific; you’re hitting .333. But in trying to find a scripture reference, it isn’t good at all. You need to bat 1.000 to find the right verse. So here it is: John 10:9. Sorry if I led you on a wild goose chase.
So now that you have the right verse, let’s talk about it again. The unique thing about this verse is its mention of the freedom to move in and out at will. In and out of what? The sheep fold; the pen where they keep sheep when they are not out in the pasture. Jesus is the gate, which would indicate He is the way into this safe place, which could mean the church, the Body of Christ, or even the kingdom of God. It could be all of these things. It could be the kingdom of heaven which Jesus talked a lot about. It’s a place where Christians are gathered together and it implies a safe place.