Seeing Through a New Lens: A Biblical Worldview
“For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.
We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God,
and take every thought captive to obey Christ.”
—2 Corinthians 10:4-5
No matter one’s age, there comes a time that prescription glasses become a necessary fact of life. Even if you have long had perfect 20/20 vision, eye strength weakens as we get older. We find it more and more difficult to see the small things. And, though we may fight it, wearing glasses can be a help – our view becomes once again crystal clear, sharp and in focus. What a perfect metaphor for the life of a Christian!
WHAT IS A WORLDVIEW?
A worldview is the framework through which we view our reality and make sense of the world in which we live. We all have a worldview. Every one of us sees the world through our own personal lens based on our upbringing, education, and life experiences. It helps to think of a worldview as a pair of glasses. Although you hardly notice them on your face, they affect how you see and interact with the world.
We are all looking at the same world, just not in the same way. It’s our worldview that makes the difference. And, all of us are making decisions every day that reflect it. The problem is, we never really think about the effect our worldview has on our lives.
The reality is that most people have shaped the core of their worldview before the age of 15, which makes the work of Christian schools like Mount Paran Christian School that much more important. With what worldview are we sending our kids out into the world? What are the foundations we are helping to lay that will forever shape the lives of our students?
Where today’s youth is concerned, the numbers are sobering, especially for Christians. Across America today, those in the 15 to 35-year-old age group offer some surprising revelations.
80% declare they are not “born again.”
94% do not believe in one or more of the cardinal doctrines of Christianity.
76% do not attend any church.
Only 4% say that they have a “biblical” worldview.
INTENTIONALLY TEACHING WITH A BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW
There is hope. Mount Paran Christian School, for one, takes an intentional, proactive approach to building a solid biblical worldview for each student enrolled. From preschool through grade 12, teachers, staff, and coaches are creatively and intentionally immersing biblical worldview-“shaping” into lessons, activities, and practices. From analyzing a Psalm through a poetic lens in literature to studying the important role Christianity played in the foundation of our country in AP US History, MPCS is teaching students that their relationship with Christ is not just one part of their lives but should be woven into every facet of their lives. Students learn early on that academics, arts, and athletics are not to be performed separate from their faith but in concert with it.
This tradition of biblical worldview immersion at MPCS moves forward with a renewed vision – one that will instill a rich biblical foundation and will train and encourage each of our students to confront other worldviews by “taking captive every thought in obedience to Christ.” This intentional biblical worldview immersion does not end in the classroom. It is reflected in every endeavor at MPCS, including areas like our ParentEd. parent education program.
The desire at MPCS is that the focus on teaching and learning through a biblical worldview will become a lifestyle lived. Biblical worldview immersion is just one more way that MPCS is producing not just academically-prepared students, but servant-leaders prepared to honor God, love others, and walk in Truth.
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