LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
Are You Shaping Your Worldview or Is It Shaping You?
What is worldview? Do we choose it or does it choose us? According to J. Mark Bertrand, the author of Rethinking Worldview, “A worldview is an interpretation of influences, experiences, circumstances, and insight.” In other words, worldview is our subjective way of observing and making sense of the world. Our awareness of our […]Keep Reading
What is worldview? Do we choose it or does it choose us?
According to J. Mark Bertrand, the author of Rethinking Worldview, “A worldview is an interpretation of influences, experiences, circumstances, and insight.” In other words, worldview is our subjective way of observing and making sense of the world.
Our awareness of our worldviews grows in moments of crisis or contemplation. We choose our worldviews by making choices that shape our subsequent approach to interpretation, and our worldviews choose us by presenting us with specific circumstances, in response to which we form a range of reactions and conclusions.
A gospel worldview should penetrate and shape our everyday lives. God speaks through natural and supernatural revelation, both of which should cause us to respond in awe as we invite the Holy Spirit to do his work in our hearts.
“Transformation [of worldview] takes place when the personal, transcendent God goes to work inside a subjective, immanent man,” says Bertrand. The key to keeping our worldviews centered on the gospel is sanctification.
Lesslie Newbigin echoes this point in his book Truth to Tell. Newbigin argues that the gospel is public truth and calls the church to “affirm the gospel not only as an invitation to a private and personal decision but as public truth which ought to be acknowledged as true for the whole of the life of society.”
This requires the gospel to be fulfilled in action. The greatest act of all is Christ’s resurrection. His resurrected body was the beginning of the new creation, and this “new creation” applies to the entire world, not just those within the four walls of a church.
As believers, we have been equipped with the power to know the truth (now in part, soon in full) and proclaim it through the great commission.
When we accept the public truth of the gospel, Newbigin says, we challenge society to “wake out of the nightmare of subjectivism and relativism, to escape from the captivity of the self turned in upon itself, and to accept the calling which is addressed to every human being to seek, acknowledge, and proclaim the truth.”
To do this, we must have a deep understanding of repentance and a willingness to bring the gospel into all areas of life.
Have you examined your worldview? How would you respond to someone who says the gospel is a private and personal matter and shouldn’t be shared with others? These are important questions to consider and ones we have the responsibility to answer.
To learn more about worldview and public truth, check out these resources:
The Practice of Godliness by Jerry Bridges
Revangelical by Lance Ford
How Now Shall We Live? by Charles Colson and Nancy Pearcey
The 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations by Mary Schaller and John Crilly
Quotes are taken from Rethinking Worldview: Learning to Think, Live, and Speak in This World, chapter 1, by J. Mark Bertrand (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2007) and Truth to Tell: The Gospel as Public Truth by Lesslie Newbigin (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1991).