Having a biblical worldview is critical for a Christian striving to live a godly life in this world. The culture we live in is very blatantly anti-Christian and undermines the Bible in deed and thought. If we are not careful to cultivate critical thinking and a biblical worldview, it is easy to fall prey to the lies of popular culture and society.
In order to do this, we need to be reading our Bible and be using it as our standard in making decisions. The Bible is very clear on some issues, and whether or not it is the popular view, as Christians we are to follow what the Bible teaches, not society around us.
Some excellent books on developing a biblical worldview are:
Total Truth by Nancy Pearcey
Think Christianly by Jonathan Morrow
How Now Shall We Live by Charles Colson & Nancy Pearcey
I have several other books on this subject but not having read them yet, don’t want to recommend without reading first.
There are so many hurting people in this world. And so many that are in our lives on a regular basis. Do we even know that they are hurting? Are we alert to the signs and symptoms of the inner pain that others feel? Struggles that we may not be able to relate to, but are devastating for the other person. How do we reach out to them to offer a word of encouragement, a listening ear to the pain that they struggle with?
Too many people are afraid to open up to others about the struggles they face, the doubt they deal with, the hurt that has made their life difficult. They see others’ smiling faces and think they are alone in their hurt and pain, that others live lives of happiness and few difficulties. Yet most if not all people struggle in some area. If they aren’t currently facing difficulty, they will be soon or recently have. Rather than living in isolation in our hurt and struggles, we need to be compassionate to reach out to those around us who are hurting. Even if their hurt is not something we can relate to, we can be a sympathetic ear.
Think Christianly by Jonathan Morrow: Think Christianly by Jonathan Morrow
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
One of my concerns with the world we live in is the number of Christians that do not seem to have a biblical worldview, a way of viewing the world through what the Bible teaches. Rather we have been influenced by secularism and postmodern thinking and as such are not able to actively engage our culture with Christian thinking. Or we have given up on the world and have enveloped ourselves in a Christian bubble, not actively reaching out to those around us who are caught up in this postmodern mindset. This book, Think Christianly, addresses these issues and challenges the Christian to be intentional about developing a biblical worldview and also learning about the culture we live in and how they think so we are better able to counter the secularistic views that we come into contact with regularly. The church is not actively teaching these things on Sunday mornings, teaching Christians what the Bible says and how to reasonably and logically understand and defend our faith. Think Christianly is a goldmine of hitting straight on the issues that we regularly encounter in our current American culture. Issues such as whether science and faith can co-exist, abortion, homosexuality and same-sex marriage, politics and how involved should Christians be in the political process. Other topics dealt with include discipleship and what it means to follow Jesus, being able to rely on the Bible in spite of the world’s attacks against and understanding where the Bible came from and how we got our current Bible. This is a MUST-READ for pastors, church leaders, youth workers and other Christians who want to more intelligently understand and defend what we believe. We need to train the next generation to develop a Biblical worldview, to understand what they believe and why, to understand the cultural issues that they and their friends face on a regular basis, to reasonably defend the Christian worldview against the postmodern, relativistic society that we live in. Excellent book, highly recommended. It doesn’t dodge the hard issues but tackles them with grace, compassion and a Biblical view.
*I received this ebook for free from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my review.