On Viewing Worlds

These are the results I got from taking the world view quiz that is making the rounds currently. I am only 96% Christian, oh well I tried. You can take it here: http://www.secretbattlebook.com/checkup.html  I think some of my “worldly thinking” had more to do with phrasing but that is what I got. As some have gathered this doesn’t make friends. Before we fall down the hole of who is the better Christian the more interesting question is what is actually informing our views? This test is obviously leaving many isms out as it is trying to assess us within our current culture. So take your salt with you if you decide to take it.

This quiz attempts to break it down into nicely fitting categories of which systems or influences are having the most weight upon our thinking. This came out about how I would have expected. Part of the critique of this kind of thing is that it can be simply finding the ideas that you like and want to identify with and then checking the appropriate boxes. The critique holds in that is shouldn’t simply be what we like but what actually arrests and informs and molds our thinking.

We should be checking boxes because we hold these truths to be evident. If so then the next question becomes what is it that fills in the information to your particular view? It is clear based on this survey that my view is held captive by Christian thinking, but is that a good thing? What is Christian thinking? We might assume that each person of varying belief might fit nicely into a certain mold, that would be nice, but it doesn’t always work out that way. If someone were to have a result with similarly different categories holding equal weight it does beg the question where he/she is drawing their sources from?

There are many causes and beliefs and systems and ways (to where?), but only one Christ. My point is if you are a Christian shouldn’t you have the highest score in that box? Isn’t that reasonable? Well…yes I think so as it points to the sources of our thinking. This isn’t about who has the more impressive levels as Christians, this isn’t a contest, but it does help with understanding what one actually is. A Christian should have the source of their thinking be from the Word of God. If not, then the word “Christian” for that person might be tenuous at best. Being unfamiliar with your playbook doesn’t broaden the manifesto, it might just mean they are on the wrong team notwithstanding a curious fascination with the teams colors.

I wonder if many who wear the team Christian jersey but actively deny central doctrine and run in such a way as if they can’t see the track, would apply a different veneer to their “teachings” if our cultural religion wasn’t so historically Christian? If our culture was more Buddhist might you simply have that adaptation? This survey helps a little bit to see if your faith is a cultural veneer or actual submission to God. If it is simply an attempt at harmony with the cultural then Christianity will fall short on that front and you might see other areas with higher numbers in the quiz. Christians don’t put those “Coexist” and “Tolerance” bumper stickers on their cars because they understand what those virtues actually mean and how they manifest in the actual arena of world religions. That sentiment is reserved for “Spiritual” people who haven’t truly looked into those religious worldviews to understand what they offer.

This is why this kind of person might often find themselves in conflict with the church. When this discovery happens one of two things should happen. We should better learn and adapt the teachings or switch teams altogether. However, I fully recognize that this is a process, so let’s all take a collective breath. The point here is if you have been on the team for a while have read through the plays and still scoff and balk at all the calls then there might be a reason for it. The more mere human one wants to make God’s Word the more one will humanly argue for their own plays to be inserted into rotation. The more we recognize God’s Word as his own, only then will we submit and squirm less.

Now world views are not about making “us'” and “thems” at least for the Christian one, this is where the analogy breaks down. It is about submission to God or not. We are either on his team or kidding ourselves. You might still be a rookie that doesn’t get put on the starting lineup but your training is setting you in a certain direction. Whereas if all you do is complain and bicker and undermine you might just be a discord sower who is siting on the wrong bench.

The point is simply this question: does your view of the world reflect a mind that is influenced and taught by the Word of God? This quiz helps a little with that to hopefully cause you to think about it. Does your idea of sin agree with the Word of God? Does the presence of evil in the world derive from scriptures’ testimony? Is your solution to human suffering in line with God’s own recipe? Do you interpret the times with God in mind, or does it feel quite futile? If not then at some point you should really reflect on your views and discover where they come from and then further reason why you take on the label of Christian if you do. Christianity is falling more and more out of vogue with American culture so perhaps this sifting will happen naturally over time.

But to be a Christian is not simply to have some certain views on certain topics, it is to be a son or child of the living God. A child of the living God should understand some things about their Father God and what he declares for his kingdom. In a kingdom everywhere we go, we understand that every facet, every corner is under his reign. Every step we take no matter how run down or far out we understand it is his realm. Christianity is not simply an ideological position, it is not a simple structure or ism, it is a lowering of the knee before actual deity. So we don’t come to board meetings to debate and form new policy. If your world view doesn’t involve humility before a supreme monarch we may simply not understand it.

A disciple will be like the teacher, meaning he will submit to the Master’s will, the Master’s edicts, the Master’s way of talking about his world, the Master’s way of addressing his world. This is that whole 2 Corinthians 13 thing:

Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!

and Peter reminds us:

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. 10 Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. (2 Peter 1)

Somethings can disqualify us, somethings can distance us, somethings should cause us to look in the mirror and ask to whom do I belong? The way we think is the way we live. So who or what is informing the way you live? Sure we might have prayed a prayer at one time but what world are we operating in, ours or His? Find out. Take heart though as this passage also reminds us that there is a way to confirm all of this.

Make sure the colors you are flying are actually for the team you are on. God is there to either be praised or ignored despite what jersey you wear.

thanks

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