Pastor's Corner

14 Apr
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Mid-Week Challenge

How we view the world around us will determine how we react to the highs and lows life.  It’s a simple concept that helps to explain why people react and respond the way they do to the everyday stimuli that all of us encounter on any given day.  Scientist, researchers, theologians, philosophers and psychologists know about this truth and have sought to tap into it help explain, guide and comfort those who care to listen.   

According to a new study by the Cultural Research Center (CRC) at Arizona Christian University, nearly nine in 10 U.S. American adults hold to a mixture of worldviews that has been termed “syncretism” by research leader Dr. George Barna, which he describes as a "cut-and-paste approach to making sense of life."  The research looked at the worldview of over 2000 Americans using tests, interviews and observed the practice of a Biblical Worldview, Secular Humanism, Postmodernism, Moralistic Therapeutic Deism, Nihilism, Marxism (including Critical Theory) and Eastern Mysticism.  Only 6% of American adults responded with a Biblical worldview, the rest was a mixture of the other views.  What this means is that Americans are now firmly in the camp of making choices, forming opinions and reacting to situations based on present circumstances, past experiences and an ideal desire of cultural utopia with no real plan on how to obtain it.  https://www.arizonachristian.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/CRC_AWVI2021_Release01_Digital_01_20210413.pdf

So what’s the result of this way of thinking; constant change and uncertainty! Uncertainty breeds chaos and confusion which leads to anger and frustration; exactly where we see most people.  Without a firm foundation there is no stability to fall back on and making heads or tails of life situations fall solely on our own shoulders.  We are left to figure it out with no guide, hope or support.   The other worldviews attempt to provide direction through government, power and leverage.  Some attempt to relieve suffering by shifting personal responsibility and placing the blame on those who appear to have more than others and find answers in taking resources from the wealthy by force and redistributing to the poor.  None of the other worldviews teach selflessness, grace or mercy. What the world screams we need more of it ignores in the Biblical worldview as it requires personal sacrifice and forgiveness of one’s enemies that leads to personal peace and happiness.  

We say want answers, but we don’t want truth.  We say want solutions but we don’t want personal sacrifice.  People will continue to work to find the loopholes in Scripture but the funny thing about truth is that no matter what law is passed or dictate handed down you can’t make truth untrue.  You can exchange the truth for a lie but the lie will never be true.  Without the personal application of a Biblical worldview we will continue to struggle, we will continue to war, and we will continue to be fooled by the schemes of those who lead only for power.         

…until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, as we mature to the full measure of the stature of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed about by the waves and carried around by every wind of teaching and by the clever cunning of men in their deceitful scheming. Ephesians 4:13-14

Serving the Savior,

Bro. Jonathan

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