About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
And The Biblical Worldview
In 1970, at the age of
18, I came of age in the Lord. I
graduated from the simple Sunday school stories taught to me as a child.
I embraced the more mature Biblical worldview by which I could make
sense of my existence in both the cosmic and cultural world in which I
I define a worldview in
photographic terms. It is a
belief system that is the lens through which one views his existence in
relation to the natural and cultural environment in which he lives. Our
current western cultural worldview is rooted in the belief that truth originates
in the mind of man and thus may vary from person to person, from place to
place, and from time to time. It's
called relativism; the belief that there is no absolute, fixed, universal
truth to which all must adhere. This
concept of truth has formed the basis of the western worldview since its
re-emergence in the beginning days of the Renaissance period of history.
Our western culture's
view of truth fails the test of logic.
Believing something is true for you but not necessarily true for me
defies the very essence of what is true.
In contrast to this illogicality, Biblical truth originates in the
mind of the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
It is universally absolute, eternal, and constant.
It applies to everyone, everywhere, at all times.
It is the bedrock on which the Biblical worldview is built.
In response to the
Cultural Revolution of the 1960's Evangelical Christians began to contrast
their Biblical worldview with the secular worldview of the day, otherwise
called "Secular Humanism." So,
being evangelically orientated, some of us could no longer hide our heads
in the sand of cultural indifference.
We proudly rose from our pews.
We took to the streets to promote our Biblical worldview in the
cultural marketplace in the hope of Christianizing culture.
Depending on the issue,
our effort to Biblicalize a non-Biblical culture took different paths.
One path that I and others took was to promote our pro-life stance
by picketing abortion clinics in protest to that cultural sin.
Another path we walked
was the political path that was born in the late 1970's with the emergence
of the Conservative Christian Right in
You can judge for
yourself if our efforts over the last forty years have led to any
Christianizing of our secular humanistic culture.
One sad emerging fact from these efforts is that Evangelical Christians are now seen
as a political movement instead of the Christian movement it was intended
to be. Now, as we approach
2020, Evangelical Christians are arguing and fighting over political
issues in the public arena for all to see.
Such political disputes kill our cause and disgrace the Lord we
claim to serve. Was this our
intended goal when we ventured down the political path back in the late
1970's? It certainly was not.
In many respects our
efforts to Christianize culture through social activism have been aborted
because they are just as humanistic as the humanistic culture we have been
trying to convert. In the
process of being socially active in the name of Biblical values we have
neglected our Biblical mandate to proclaim the gospel of Jesus and make
disciples for Him from all cultures.
You may be right in
thinking that the appointment of one more judge to the U. S. Supreme Court
will tip the balance of power that will legally ban abortion, but we all
know that will not stop the murder of pre-born humans.
legislating a Biblical worldview into a non-Biblical culture has never
worked. You cannot legislate
morality. Morality is a matter
of the heart, not a matter of law. In
case you have forgotten, that is clearly attested by our Biblical
To be consistent with
our Biblical worldview, a change of heart by the indwelling Spirit of God,
is the only way to change a life. That,
in turn, leads culture one step, or one life, closer to our Biblical
worldview. We get the cart
before the horse, so to speak, when we try to Christianize culture without
Christianizing individuals within the culture.
That is humanism, something our Biblical worldview warns us
Galatians 3:3 reads:
"Are you so
foolish? After beginning by
means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the
Promoting the Biblical
worldview apart from the Holy Spirit's involvement is a technique that
secular humanists employ in advancing their cause. For
the Christian, it is both foolish and futile.
If you are interested, I
have developed my thoughts on this issue further in my paperback and
e-book entitled, 'The Politics of God and the Bible.' You
can purchase it on all Amazon websites.