Rethinking Our Christian Worldview
by Cindy K. Sproles
We’re losing our Christian worldview. That was the thought that shot through my mind. Where are the absolutes?
When we ask Christians to explain what their worldview is, it’s surprising the number of blank stares you will receive. One brave soul may speak up and utter, “Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God.” While another quietly mumbles, “Jesus died for our sin.” Many Christians are unsure what the words Christian worldview mean, much less able to recite their worldview. How can we defend our beliefs if we are unsure what they are?
While serving as an acquisitions editor, I began searching for a devotional that put us back into the Scripture—one not skirted by a hobby or a niche, but one grounded in a solid scriptural application. Think Oswald Chambers or Henry Blackaby. There’s a reason their devotionals are still bestsellers years after their original publication. Scripture and its application are timeless. It is always perfect for whatever season of life we are in. Over three years, not one author stepped forward to write a “meaty” devotional. That’s when my publisher suggested I write the book. And so, the journey began—writing a devotional that put us back into the Word.
Seeing our Christian worldview slowly disappear inspired Meet Me Where I Am, Lord.
Think back to the time when you were learning who God was. Remember what it felt like as you discovered the Son of Man and what His sacrifice meant for you. There were Scriptures you were taught. Things like John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (NIV). Or John 18:37, “Jesus answered, ‘You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth’” (NIV).
As you learned those Scriptures, they bore into your heart, worked their way into the crevices, and pushed out sin. Those were the Scriptures that placed you on the road to knowing Christ. They were the words that turned your mindset toward a desire to live as the Father asked. As you studied them, they moved you and led you to invite Christ into your heart. Those were the words that led you to believe what you believe.
As the years of being a Christ follower passed, the Scripture that solidified the absolutes of God in our hearts began to fade. It hasn’t left us. It’s dimmed so that when we are asked what we believe, we stumble to speak out the words rather than bolt forward and spit them out quickly with great conviction. This is our Christian worldview—the absolutes of God.
In the devotional, Meet Me Where I Am, Lord, the Scriptures you studied as a young Christian shine on the page. Each Scripture takes us a bit deeper to remind you of the history and why you took them into your soul, allowing them to change your heart. This is our Christian worldview and the things that must be renewed in our hearts so we can defeat the view of the world.
Scripture moves the soul. It changes the heart. Scripture is the living Word of God. When we open our hearts and immerse ourselves in it, then Christ lives in us.
Cindy K. Sproles is an author, conference teacher, and speaker. She is the cofounder of Christian Devotions Ministries and www.christiandevotions.us. Cindy is the director of the Asheville Christian Writers Conference and cofounder of WRAMS, Writing Right Author Mentoring Service. She is the author of five historical fiction novels and three devotionals. Find Cindy at www.cindysproles.com.