When I was a boy, I used to play spy games with my friends using a decoder I found in my Cracker Jack’s box. Sometimes it was a pair of glasses other times it was a hand held toy. But they always had red lenses. Whenever I received a “coded” message, my special decoder glasses would filter out the unnecessary information and reveal the secret message. If you had the wrong decoder lens, all you would see was a red mess.
So, What is a Worldview?
A worldview is the framework that we use to filter the world. It is the lens through which we view things. It is our bias, our preconceived notion, our view of the world and everything in it.
Much like the toy decoder revealed a hidden message in an array of information, so a worldview filters the information we’re bombarded with every day. All information carries a worldview perspective. Nothing can exist without a worldview. And our worldview is what designs, develops, interprets, and applies the information we receive.
Why is it important?
When you are riding in your car with the music playing and you are singing along to your favorite song, have you ever stopped to really listen to what you are singing? When the artist wrote the lyrics, she was using her worldview to pen the words. She was allowing her perspective, view of the world, view of right and wrong, her moral standards to dictate the song. It is a true reflection of her view of truth. Have you ever stopped and listened?
What do the lyrics say about mankind? What do they say about God? What do they say about nature? What do they say about relationships? What do the lyrics say about life? What do the they say about death? ALL things make a commentary on some part of reality and that reflects a worldview.
As a believer, we are to live by and operate within a Biblical worldview. A view of the world that most accurately reflects the principals and precepts of the Bible. If we are not careful, we can allow the lyrics of our favorite song to find their way into our way of thinking and then influence our worldview.
Understanding worldview is important, because it helps us to better understand the world in which we live. Ephesians 6 tells us that we are stand against the flaming arrows of the wicked one, STAND. If we have a strong working understanding of worldview, we are better equipped to stand. We are able to identify flaming arrows more quickly and accurately.
The Devil is a shrewd deceiver. He is quite able to present himself as an beautiful angel of light. And through flaming arrows that look more like cupids arrows than darts of destruction. If we learn and understand worldviews, then we are more quickly able to differentiate the message of the deceiver and STAND.