Luke 6:46-49 says, “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.”
We are, and have been, engaged in a second civil war in this nation. This war is a war of world views. We often just look at single issues like pro-life or pro-abortion; traditional or homosexual marriage; Republican or Democrat; Free market or Socialist. But in reality, these are not just isolated issues. They all stem from a particular worldview. The two main worldviews we see in the U.S. are the Biblical/Christian worldview, and the Secular Humanist worldview, which would include Marxism/Leninism and the New Age movement. Some would say you could classify these two views as religious and nonreligious. However, that would not be true. Both views are religious. The only difference is in what god they serve – and how they serve him. One worships The Creator, the other worships creation (man, his intellect, and/or living organisms). One believes in the beginning “God”; the other believes in the beginning “dirt” or ?.
While we are on this subject, may I say this: The theory of evolution is incompatible with a Christian worldview. Why? Because at the core of the theory is the belief that life came from nonlife. This totally contradicts the Bible. The Bible says that life came from Life. Jesus is creator and Jesus is life (Jn 1:1-4). All things were made by Him. That is the Biblical/Christian worldview. Many Christians have bought into the secular humanist invention of evolution, and deny the clear teaching of Holy Scripture. Jesus said, “Why call me Lord (Master, ruler, chief, etc.), and not believe and do the things that I say? Is He really your Lord? God asked in Mal. 1:6, “If I'm your Father, where is my honor? If I'm your master, where is my fear?” Don't think because you call Him Lord that He is your Lord (Mt 7:21-23).
Instead of the church influencing this secular humanist society, we have ourselves been polluted with humanist ideology. God's house is full of supposed “believers,” who actually have secular humanist worldviews. This is why the church is so split. Christians ought to be in unity when it concerns our worldview – but too often we are on opposite ends of the issue. God's Word should influence every area of our life if we call Jesus Lord. The Bible has something to say concerning every area of our life, so we should humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God and let Him exalt us. We are to take every thought – every thought – captive to the obedience of Christ. This means there are no issues that should be “off limits” to God. We are to cast down vain imaginations (thoughts contrary to God's Word), and everything that exalts itself above the knowledge of God. There is no knowledge higher than God, but there is earthly knowledge that likes to “exalt itself” above God's knowledge.
To think Christian is to think Bible. Since Jesus is The Living Word, if you don't know God's Word – then you don't know God. If God is His Word, how can you say you know Him, and not know His Word? Think about that. Some of the areas the Bible has something to say about are Theology, Philosophy, Ethics, Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Law, Politics, Economics, and History. These issues are not to be left floating haphazardly around our brains until we come up with some vain opinion about them. No, the Bible addresses all of these issues for us. We just need to read it, accept it, and live it. God, and His wisdom, have been around from everlasting to everlasting. You have been around, perhaps, for a few decades. I think I'll go with God's wisdom. I think you should, too.
Over the next few weeks, we will look at these issues more closely. The days we live in are evil and full of confusion. Christians, God's covenant children, need to know what the Bible teaches. We need to know what the Bible says about any given issue. We don't have to know how to give a thesis on every subject – but we need to know the basics of what we believe, and how to communicate it to others. I believe these teachings are timely and necessary for the church in the world it finds itself in right now. I pray you will as well. Until next time, rejoice in the Lord!