There is a fierce battle, a war really, going on for our mind. What and who is feeding and controlling what we think? There is a tension, a gigantic tug of war, and the default is for us to get pulled back to what we have been living by and the way we have been thinking. We sometimes struggle to take the needed Leap of Faith.
This category series will have you leaping into a new faith. ‘Faith in Action’ can really change not only your mindset but it can also help you to fulfill those long awaited dreams. We will be jumping in from a few angles, and I don’t think you will believe it until you see it coming at you. And I am not sure how much you have really ever thought about them, but one thing I do know for sure they have revolutionized my life. Trust me I needed an overhaul in quite a few areas.
Let’s face it some things are easier to change than others. Take our viewpoints as an example. As we encounter unexpected situations, we have preprogrammed triggers that may occur. And just like that, as if a switch gets flipped on, we either react in our usual way that we always respond, or we gain momentum in establishing a different and hopefully better opinion. A few of us are more opinionated, assertive and dogmatic than others and this could be a reason it is harder to ‘reevaluate things.’ Maybe just maybe that describes you. “Who me, no way,” you say. But you probably know someone that’s like this, right? ‘even if it’s not you.’ Would you agree with me, that we have a tendency to hold fast to what we believe?
I would have to admit that before I knew the Lord, I got the nickname, ‘ramrod,’ for a reason. As the Lord was intersecting with my stance and perspective on certain topics, my viewpoints started to change. First came the relatively easy ones, but then it got tougher and tougher. I was being incentivized to lay down some beloved ‘Isaacs,’ for my good, and the good of all humanity (if you know what I mean). Offering these up to God as a sacrifice, had the feel of torture at times. Have you experienced this? We flat out just hate it.
Our desire is to keep the status quo, we don’t want to rock the boat or head straight into a storm, and this is because of one enormous influence. Our default says ‘no.’
You have one, and I have one. Everyone has one. This default is our Worldview. Whether we acknowledge it or not, or whether it is important to us or not, our worldview goes down bone deep. It’s the overall perspective each of us has in which we see and interpret the world. Our beliefs about life, our core values, and how we see ourselves fitting into the universe all around us. With the whole of the combination of all we believe to be true, we get our driving force behind every emotion, decision and action we take.
This affects all of our responses in every single area of our life; from philosophy to science, theology, and economics, politics (oh yes it affects our political view) even our love of particular art and music. Everything. So the question is who or what are we going to allow to establish our framework and culture?
The totality of attitudes, customs and beliefs and how we treat each other, what separates or distinguishes us from one group of people to another; this is called our culture. Our culture gives us meaning and a sense of identity. Cultures exist within larger structures of worldviews.
Every major religion, philosophy or movement has –
5 Basic Components
These ‘need’ to be answered.
We will wrestle with these 5 Questions until we find the truth. Most people have a hard time articulating what they believe because they haven’t been able to come to terms with what they believe. So these questions loom larger than life and will not go away until they have been confronted, and ultimately established.
These are the 5 Questions:
- “Where did all this come from?” – This has confused many people. Did we come from God or did we just evolve?
- Nestled into that, is the question, “How did I get here, where did I come from?” Even after we have our beliefs deeply rooted in believing we are here because of the One True God, most of us can’t wrap our heads around, “What is my purpose?”
- After considering our destiny, we have to ascertain, “What is truth?” This is one of the biggest worldview questions. Is there absolute truth? And if there is, what is truth?
- Only when we know the truth will we be able to determine what our personal ethics, values, and morals should be. “How do we know what is right and wrong?” What or who sets the standard?
- Our innate fear of death has us asking the final question, which is an enormous one, “Where do I go when I die?”
Even if we take our beliefs from God, we still have to learn to focus our attention and affection on Him, not the frenzied waring that is pushing and pulling at us constantly.
We are easily influenced by all of the other worldviews that live right next to us. In fact, some of them could have infiltrated you, making your worldview a bit skewed.
This happened over the past centuries.
- Premodern Thinkers – said, “It’s our job to create a just society based on a just God.”
- Modern Thinkers (1900) – said, “No, no, we don’t need to have a just God to have a just society. What we need is universal human reason.”
- Postmodern Thinkers (now) – say, “Justice? There is NO justice. You create justice out of your own thinking. There is no absolute truth so don’t impose your beliefs on anyone else.”
May I give you an example?
I took a graphic design class at the community college last year. (I was by far the oldest person in the class, which was quite fun.) Since it was an art class, we were instructed that during the class time ‘Critique’ of our projects, we were to be politically correct and tolerant of other people’s ideas. Meaning that if they did a Photoshop of a candidate we didn’t care for, it wasn’t about the political view, instead, we were to interpret their art through the lens of the project objective of what we were designing. I enjoyed this because it was fascinating to see into people’s thought life by the art they made. Not only was I the oldest but I was ‘definitely’ the only pastor in the group. (That was evident.) I had a few conversations with the instructor who was a woman in her mid-twenties (she clearly had values unlike mine), but we got along great, and at the end of the semester she told me that I helped her to see life from a different angle. She said I was true to myself and my integrity. In other words, she was implying – that if more Christians had their truth defined by God’s grace and love maybe more people, like my teacher, would be led to want to spend time with us and therefore have a little bit of the beauty of the Lord rub off on them.
The conclusion I came to at that time was, that many people in the church today have developed their FAITH from their worldview.
“Postmodernists, especially in the church need to have their worldview informed by their faith instead of having their faith informed by their worldview.”
What does all this mean for you? It could mean that just like everyone else, you have a default and that default is your worldview. It’s indelibly etched into your soul, embedded there. You may be believing something is right, but for the wrong reasons. What are you focused on and through what lens?
A great deal of emotion and commotion goes on inside of us when anything rubs up against our core beliefs.
Is there any way around this? And how can we change our default so we can take the needed leap of faith to change our mindset?
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