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Impact of Worldviews on Nation Disciplers


A worldview is a philosophy, ideology or religion that provides an overarching approach to understanding and interpreting God and the world. It is a deeply ingrained organizing principle to life and culture that makes up the total set of beliefs, assumptions (or presuppositions) and ideas that we hold (consciously or unconsciously) and comprise the mindset of an individual that provides an overarching approach to determining how they view and interpret reality or the whole world. The ideas (assumptions) which make up a worldview reach into every area of life: Theology, Celebration & Communication, Education, Law & Government, Finance, Business & Economics, and Family.) Put simply a worldview is a framework by which we make sense of the world. It literally forms who we are.

A worldview is therefore a framework through which we view the world, our calling and future in it. This need not be fully articulated. It may be so internalized that it is largely unquestioned. It may not be explicitly developed into a systematic conception of life and it may not be theoretically deepened into a philosophy. Nevertheless, this framework is a channel for the ultimate beliefs which give direction and meaning to life.

A worldview is a commitment, a fundamental orientation of the heart, that can be expressed as a story or in a set of presuppositions (assumptions which may be true, partially true or entirely false) that we hold (consciously or subconsciously, consistently or inconsistently) about the basic constitution of reality, and that provides the foundation on which we live and move and have our being.

The term worldview comes from the German Weltanschauung, meaning a view or perspective on the world or universe that describes one’s total outlook, including beliefs and assumptions about reality, human nature, and the meaning and nature of life itself. In the largest sense, we all have an interpretative lens or filter we use to understand our reality and existence, and this lens develops over time.

Put simply then: Worldview is therefore the overall perspective from which one sees and interprets the world. It is a frame of reference where the color of the lenses determines how one sees the world and makes decisions in life. Your worldview matters.

Research has demonstrated that a person’s behavior is consistent with her worldview. Your worldview reflects your basic belief system concerning all of life. It establishes your value system: what is important to you. Your worldview and value system are publicly displayed by your behavior. Behavior, then, is the outward display of your worldview. Put differently your behavior is the consequence/result of your worldview. This explains the paradox of the Christian business executive who behaves contrary to his faith.

So the worldview that the Christian brother is using as an organizing principle of his business activities is not a biblical one but one shaped by a non-kingdom culture. One’s worldview determines how the events and circumstances of life will be understood, accepted and acted upon.

Christians who have a Biblical worldview by which they make sense of the world according to God’s standards as set down in the Bible are more effective in discipling nations. The greater challenge is that because the Church has not taken its role in defining and shaping the biblical worldview seriously, we have many believers who love God but have been discipled by the wrong Faith and accepted the wrong worldview. Consequently although they are believers in Christ, their worldview and guiding philosophies work contrary to the Kingdom agenda. This partly explains why some believers will actively support and promote ideas and actor sin life who are patently against the biblical model of community and national discipleship.

Priestly King, consider and intentionally review the worldview that is driving your life!

(Extract from Tabernacle of David: The Key to Discipling Communities and Nations)

Priestly Kings and Kingly Priests


1 Peter 2:4,5 says “Come to Him as the living stone rejected by men but chosen by God and you also as living stones are build up as a spiritual house, a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifice acceptable to God through our High Priest Jesus Christ.” Look closely at verse 5. It says “you also”. In the English language if you add the word “also” it means you are following after someone. It says you also are a royal priesthood. Also like whom? Like Jesus Christ whom you are coming to. We are a royal priesthood that serves God through our High Priest, even Jesus Christ. We are kings and priests. We got the revelation of the holy priesthood offering sacrifices to God and are doing well in the tabernacle of Moses. But we lost sight of 1 Peter 2:9 which says “but you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation his own special people.” We are not only a holy priesthood BUT a kingdom of priests. Kings who are priests! This has to be at a new tabernacle since Moses’ Tabernacle had no provision for priest to be kings.

God calls us a kingdom of priests. We are kings and priests. Jesus Christ, the high priest of our profession, is a king and priest. Melchizedek is both king and a priest. The redeemed are both kings and priests. We have focused on our priestly function but lost our kingly function.

A kingdom of priests. A royal priesthood. Clearly we are not either priests or kings. It is not an either/or proposition. It is both. We are both kings and priests at the same time. I would prefer to use a new terminology that will capture this concept better. If we use the term “kings and priests,” although it is biblical, it can be confused as meaning either kings or priests. So let’s refer to these as “priestly kings” or “kingly priests.” These two terms are basically the same. I however use them distinctly simply to capture the fact that although each person is both a king and priest, often one of the functions dominates. If you are predominantly a pulpit minister you still have to exercise some kingly authority so we call you a “kingly priest. On the other hand if your primary calling is outside the pulpit then you are a “priestly king”.

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