We live in a constantly changing world. Morals, values, and even truth shifts on the shaky fault line of our culture. Whatever one feels in the moment is the deciding factor in determining what is true, right, and good.
As believers living in such an environment it can be confusing, disconcerting, and even a bit frightening. And what about our children? How do we teach them right from wrong when there is no standard of truth in our world today? How do we provide them a steady foundation for life? How do we teach them how to make wise decisions amid all the competing voices and clamor of the world around them?
We give them a Biblical world view.
A Biblical world view
Everyone has a worldview, a system by which they make sense of the world. Everyone. Our worldview explains who we are, how we got here, and the purpose for our life. A person’s worldview effects and influences everything they do. It is like the glasses they wear to see the world around them. If their glasses are tinted red, everything they see will have a rosy haze.
A Biblical worldview sees God as the author and sustainer of all things. Everything exists for him and by him. It also believes that God’s word is inerrant and is the source of all truth. When we look at the world through the lens of a Biblical worldview, we compare everything we learn, hear, read, and watch with God’s word. We make decisions based on God’s wisdom and not the world’s.
Giving our Children a Biblical Worldview
I once explained a Biblical worldview to my children this way: I gave them a can of chopped tomatoes and onions and a strainer. They put the strainer over a bowl and poured the can of tomatoes into the strainer. The strainer caught the big pieces of tomatoes and onions. Everything else went into the bowl below. I explained to them that the strainer represented God’s word and the can of tomatoes represented something they read or watched or heard someone say. I told them that whenever they read a book or watch a television show or learn something new, they are to compare it with what God’s word says. Whatever is consistent and true with Scripture remains behind (like the big pieces of tomatoes) and whatever is untrue is discarded (like what went through the strainer and ended up in the bowl).
We need to teach our children to do this for all things in life. This includes even the things they hear and learn from other Christians. This is what the Bereans did in the book of Acts. Paul and Silas came to Berea and preached in the synagogue. Scripture tells us, “Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so” (Acts 17:11). The Bereans compared everything they heard Paul preach with the word of God.
Teaching our children to have a Biblical worldview starts with teaching them Scripture itself. Read through God’s word with them. Have them study and memorize it. Show them how to compare God’s word with things they learn in school, on television, and on the playground. Read books together and discuss what is true and what isn’t. Discuss the news and world events and filter it all through God’s word. (For an interactive way to discuss and teach world views, read What’s Your Worldview?).
Let’s give our children something to stand on when everything around them is changing. Let’s give them real, eternal, and unchanging truth. Let’s give them a Biblical worldview.