What we believe matters --- because what we believe effects how we choose to live and treat others. It's true that "you can tell me what you think, but you will live what you believe.
What is a Worldview? A Worldview is the framework and set of filters we view the world around us from and our place in it; it's how we interpret things. It governs our attitudes, choices and behaviors.
Every worldview contains five components whether or not it is acknowledged --- or even recognized. Try discussing these at your next family gathering!
Theology = Beliefs about the existence, nature & source of God. Everyone has a belief about God even if they say He doesn't exist.
(E.g., atheism, deism, monotheism, pantheism, etc.)
Anthropology = Beliefs about the existence, nature & source of man.
( E.g., basically good, fallen nature, evolving animal, image of God, etc.)
Axiology = Beliefs about the existence, nature & source of morals.
( E.g., relativism & situational ethics, self-truth, social norms, moral absolutes, etc.)
Metaphysics = Beliefs about the existence, nature & source of ultimate reality.
(E.g., experience & natural world, biblical truth, etc.)
Epistemology = Beliefs, methodology & approach to science.
(E.g., “No Bible, only Science”, “Only the Bible, no Science” or "Bible & Science")
America and Western Civilization was originally built on a Judaeo-Christian Worldview. Interestingly enough, I just read a secular article on the "least corrupt" countries in the world. Although the article didn't say it (I knew immediately by looking at a color coded atlas), the common denominator? Those founded on a historic Judaeo-Christian Worldview. Not only that, those with a distinctly Judaeo-Christian AND Protestant Reformation historical lineage.
Judaeo-Christian Worldview is based on the idea there is a holy God with established moral absolutes (e.g., the Ten Commandments), who all men are accountable to. It gets it's viewpoint from Scripture.
Secular Humanistic Worldview is based upon the idea that there is no God and no moral absolutes; only moral relativism leading to situational ethics and moral compartmentalization. E.g., just because a pastor recently had to flee out of a congregant's bedroom naked after being caught in adultery by the woman's husband, doesn't mean we shouldn't trust him to be faithful to God and his people as a pastor. Or, just because a president repeatedly violates his oath made to God in his marriage, doesn't mean he can't keep his oath made to God and the American people.
A historic Judaeo-Christian Wolrdview has all but disappeared in the life of our country --- even among so-called Evangelicals. We now live in a post-Christian America. The predominate Worldview in America today is a Secular-Humanism. While within the "Evangelical" church itself, studies indicate that the predominate Worldview is now "Moralistic Therapeutic Deism (MTD)." MTD consists of some combination of moral teaching, pop-psychology, and generic God-talk. It is the primary theology of most "Seeker-Friendly" churches. As a result, studies now indicate that only 9% of CHRISTIANS in America have a Biblical Worldview.
Worldviews impact our view on sexual, economic, social and political morality and justice. E.g.,
Traditional Conservatism defines it as equal opportunity, and is more closely related to a Judaeo-Christian and Capitalistic Worldview.
Modern Liberalism defines it as equal outcome, and is more closely related to a Secular-Humanist and even Socialist Worldview.
Traditional Conservatism defines it as the right to pursue those things that don't impinge upon the rights of others. The right to take risks in the pursuit of non-guaranteed rewards while accepting personal responsibility for the outcomes.. It's more closely related to a Judaeo-Christian and Capitalistic Worldview.
Modern Liberalism defines it as the right to pursue those things I want, regardless of how it might impact others; to live any life-style chosen without restraint --- BUT --- if it doesn't work out it's up to everybody else to bail me out --- or to support me so I can continue a life-style I can't maintain on my own. It's more closely related to a Secular-Humanistic and even Socialist Worldview.
Traditional Conservatism = much like an "exegesis" study of Scripture attempts to get at the original intent and meaning of the writer, Constitutional "Originalist" attempt the same thing when interpreting the Constitution; what was the original intent of the Framers? The Constitution itself was the work of men who had been influenced by a Judaeo-Christian Worldview.
Modern Liberalism = Muck like an "eisegeses" study of Scripture, it reads into the text whatever it desires. It treats the Constitution in the same way, as a "living" document that supports what they want and can force upon others. It has even been interpreted in a way that ignores rights specifically written in black and white, all in attempt to create a new set of unwritten rights that don't even exist in the Constitution itself. E.g., the "right" of homosexual marriage and transgender bathroom and shower room "rights," now trumps religious liberties.
Whatever Worldview we may have, let's be honest enough to admit that we each have one. And, let's be honest enough if we call ourselves a "Christian" to make sure we have the Worldview that Christ Himself taught and lived by. His was the original "Originalist" Worldview based on truth and love; one that empowered and didn't enable; one that helped the masses without denying their own personal responsibility. One who had a perfect and balanced Worldview based on Eternity.
Pastor Bob Morgan is the founding pastor of HCCF. His pastor's "heart-cry" is to see God glorified through the liberating power of the Gospel by leading people to freedom in Christ, and positive, biblical life-change.