Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Is a Christian Worldview Enough?

For awhile now I've been finding myself cringing when I read or hear people talk about the importance of having a "Christian worldview." I didn't always have this reaction, but in the past year or so it seems that whenever I hear someone talk about Christian worldview I sense that their ultimate passion is to be right. There's also an unattractive and not-so-subtle "us" versus "them" mentality.

I heard someone say that most Christians today have made "right thinking" their highest goal. I find this very disturbing. It's not that I think truth isn't important. I just think something fundamental is missing from the attitudes, conversations, and actions of many Christians today.

I remember Donald Miller saying in his book Blue Like Jazz that whenever two people are talking there are always two conversations going on - the one that's happening out loud and the one that is happening beneath the surface where we sense what the other person thinks and feels toward us. He says that if a person senses that the other person doesn't like them, they are highly unlikely to accept anything that person says. But if the person senses that the other person genuinely likes them, they are likely to be open to just about anything that comes out of that person's mouth.

Here's my attempt to summarize this concept: Unless your world view develops into a world do no one is going to listen to you. (OK, I admit the rhyming element is a little cheesy.)

I can see why Christians have become better known in this country for their love of their views than for their love of people. I once heard Leonard Sweet say something along the lines of, "We hear a lot about worldview; but how's your worldlive?" (That's "live" as in "give," not "live" as in "jive".)

Truth and love - I think we're missing the kingdom if we have one without the other. In her book Parenting the Heart of Your Child Diane Moore says,
Pure truth cannot be separated from love. Truth without love is a "resounding gong or a clanging symbol" (1 Cor. 13:1), while love without truth is dysfunction.
What would happen if all of us worldviewers became worlddoers, worldlivers, or better yet, worldlovers?


Gary Wood said...

Christ's view for us, we are to be last of all and servant of all.

Aaron Geist said...

Wonderful thoughts! You can always count on Miller for some good thoughts to chew on.

And isn't your point the point of James? And some would say Jesus?!

Aaron Geist said...

Oh yeah, don't foget most of the Prophets too!