One’s foundation of worldview is based on a collection of attitudes, values, stories and expectations about the world around us, which inform our every thought and action. While the home environment impresses a worldview on the young mind, adults have to take responsibility for how they choose to view the world.
Arguably, there are two primary worldviews, biblical and secular. In the biblical worldview, God is sovereign with priorities placed on individual choice, liberties and the importance of family. Government exists to secure the liberties of the people and be complementary to the bigger scope of society. The secular worldview downplays, even compromises individual choice, liberties and the importance of family. Government plays a larger and larger role in individual lives and businesses, potentially to the point of creating unhealthy dependency.
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. … “Let there be light”; … “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters,” … God called the expanse Heaven. … “Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear”; … “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees” … “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate day and night, … “Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth … Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, … male and female He created them. – Genesis 1:1, 3, 6, 8-9, 11, 14, 20, 26-27. “In the beginning, God created” – Intelligent design is foundational to the biblical worldview. God’s very nature and character are reflected in His creation. And He granted man the authority and responsibility to manage all the earth. This is in stark contrast with the secular worldview that is largely grounded in the theory of evolution. Per this theory, there was no Creator. Man evolved, through happenstance and time, as part of nature. Thus, one worldview is seen through a lens outside of nature and recognizes God as Creator, and man serves as God’s representative in this world. The secular worldview is seen through a lens inside of nature and recognizes “goo-man” as in control of all outcomes, and man serves as a god in this world.
Which worldview informs your thoughts and actions? Do you live as your own god, or do you serve the one True God that created us, male and female? Do you believe He created us, gave us marriage (Gen.2:24) and the purpose for family (Malachi 2:15)? Do you know Jesus the Christ went to the cross to put death to sin, died, was buried and walked out of the tomb? He did. In doing so, Jesus secured victory over death for all who believe in Him. That is the eternal perspective a biblical worldview offers. That is the foundational worldview dads are to live into and pass on to the next generation.
Prayer guide: Father, thank You for Your word and for being the Creator God. I confess that I have not really believed that what I believe is really real. I actually thought I could be my own god in daily circumstances. Forgive me. I embrace fully that You are the one True God. You were, before what is was, and You will be, after what is, is gone. Help me live into the biblical worldview from which I will reflect You in all my thoughts and actions. That is the dad You call me to be and that’s the dad my kids need to see. Amen.
A faithful father lives into and leads his family under a biblical worldview.