So what does a Christian believe? What constitutes the “faith once for all handed down” to the saints, as we read in the Letter to Jude? Are there negotiable pieces of our faith or is it all a part of the tapestry that cannot be removed without unraveling the other parts? According to Focus on the Family, a Christian worldview involves the following:
Do absolute moral truths exist and is absolute truth defined by the Bible?
Did Jesus Christ live a sinless life and was He resurrected physically?
Is God the all-powerful and all-knowing Creator of the universe, and does He still rule it today?
Is salvation a gift from God that cannot be earned and is Jesus the only way to know salvation?
Is Satan real?
Does a Christian have a responsibility to share his or her faith in Christ with other people?
Is the Bible accurate in all of its teachings?
Did you answer yes to these? Only 9 percent of “born- again” Christians did so! Our worldview determines our behavior, our core values, our philosophy of life. According to George Barna, a child’s worldview is set by the time he is nine years old! That means long before she enters adolescence, the worldview that governs decision-making and behavior is set in place, informed by:
- Teachers /Educators
- Coaches /influencers
- Pastors /church leaders
The question the church must continue to ask itself is: Are we communicating a Christian worldview to our children, to “the next generation?” If we are not, then we must stop and ask ourselves “why?”