Ideas Have Consequences


Just like you can recognize a tree by its fruit, you can only definitely recognize a worldview by its fruit as well. For simplicity to discern a person’s governing worldview, check the fruit produced in the behavior and actions of that person. Worldviews just like roots are not readily evident until one sees the actions and behaviors being produced.

The things we value, the decisions we make, and our daily actions reflect and grow from the assumptions we hold about the big questions of life. Our worldview produces consequences in our everyday lives. A healthy worldview—one based on biblical truth—produces productive consequences. An unhealthy worldview—one based on lies—produces destructive consequences. A person who has a worldview that does not see any difference between human and animal life will be seen by his willingness to kill human beings to save animals. A person who does not recognize the sanctity of life does not see anything wrong with killing unborn babies.

The battle of worldviews is about discipling societies by controlling their cultures. The world runs on ideas, and these ideas have godly or ungodly consequences. We should not be taken captive by the attractive and yet erroneous ideas of unbiblical worldviews! A nation runs on a worldview. As a reminder a worldview is the sum total of the ideas (assumptions) which function as its base. The ideas (assumptions) which make up a worldview reach into every area of life: each domain of influence. And yet we know from research methods that your assumptions determine your conclusions! You see what you already believe (or assume to be reality.) Your starting premise determines what you find from your search.

George Grant in The Micah Mandate argues, “According to Augustine, culture is —— an outworking of a people’s creed. In other words, culture is the temporal manifestation of a people’s faith. If a culture begins to change, it is not because of fads, fashions, or the passing of time, it is because of a shift in the worldview – it is because of a change of faith.” So we can see that the change in contemporary culture from its godly moorings, is a result of a shift in worldviews (towards secular humanism) because of a change of faith (notice how the western world would rather believe any strange religion than believe the Bible).

 

To explore this idea of worldviews further check Discipling Nations Alliance at: http://www.coramdeo.com

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