I awoke this morning to a Professor of Sociology and Religion with a passion for evangelicalism, neo-fascism, and racism making the claim on Twitter that you and I do not have a Biblical Worldview. His claim is that our so-called ‘biblical worldview’ is “shaped by your subculture’s interpretation of Christianity that’s shaped by whiteness, individualism, patriarchy, & capitalism.”
This is challenging topic to thrust upon Twitter and given the passions of this Professor his opinion is most likely shaped by the ever-growing Anti-American and Anti-White worldview held by the Far-Left. This subject, as presented, falls under the broader category of Christian Nationalism which was a popular discussion among Big Eva and Christian Celebrities in the days leading up to the end of the 2020 election. Christian Nationalism is a phrase used to target a specific group of Christians (conservatives, in a broad sense) using a very fringe group of individuals who blend an overzealous American Patriotism with non-demon/Baptist worship, etc. (Robert Jeffress Baptist megachurch, for example), and applying that definition to anybody who doesn’t agree with the things that individuals like this Woke Professor suggests.
No individual worldview is going to be identical to another, certainly one’s life experience can shape the way they view people and the world around them. I was raised in an atheist worldview and came to Christ at age 30, my worldview is going to be different in some ways from my wife who went to church all her life. What does it mean to have a biblical worldview, though? In the most basic sense it should mean to live one’s life attempting to fulfill the two great commandments to love God and neighbor while having a biblical foundation in understanding the world around us. This in comparison to a humanistic worldview which would derive one’s understanding primarily by the human experience.
To live a Biblical worldview is to abide by a superior set of standards, to be an example that is pleasing to God, by following His will as it is revealed in Scripture. The moral concepts from the prophets, Christ, and the Apostles are superior to the tenets of moral teachers that have primarily any sort of humanistic worldview. In the Old Testament, morals and worship are inextricably entangled. Morality is enjoined and carried with it the token of God’s favor, and when Christ appeared He reaffirmed such teachings. Our Lord understood man’s guilty state, the toils of sin, and of the satanic forces working against man. He taught that goodness could not be lived out unless moral evil was renounced by a penitent heart.
How does that play out for the sinner at various points in his walk? How does one abide by such a worldview, is it truly shaped only the way the Professor suggests? The Bible is chock full of hints, rules and directions that cover both private and social life. The apostles teach that as a man believes, so he must behave. In other words, creed should be reflected in conduct. If God’s law is written upon our hearts, and His Spirit enlightens our conscience; there should be no contradiction between our profession of faith and practice. What we believe will influence behavior and our interactions with others and the world around us.
A Biblical Worldview is superior to everything this Professor has listed, and these categories should be subservient to Scripture. Any view of culture, individualism, society, and economics should be subject to a living out of God’s Word, not the other way around. The Professor is not wrong to think that some may be influenced by things other than Scripture, and it is those individuals who view ‘the other’ as being more authoritative than the Bible. Some may find themselves in a group or a church that puts these categories above Scripture. Those can include the fringe Christian Nationalists the left has warned you about, and you’d do well to avoid such influence. Paul says in the second chapter of his first letter to the Corinthians that he wishes to make a show of no other knowledge except Christ and Him crucified. We should strive to be like Paul in our lives as we interact with these various categories and grow in sanctification.