Must Read Monday: Competing worldviews
Competing worldviews influence today’s Christians— Barna Research
Your worldview is your way of evaluating and approaching the world— your “operating system.” It affects how we answer the big questions of life about meaning and purpose. Barna Research studied how conflicting worldviews influence practicing Christians in America. The findings were disturbing and disappointing:
“Barna’s research shows that only 17 percent of Christians who consider their faith important and attend church regularly actually have a biblical worldview. So, if Christians are open to nonbiblical perspectives, what are they believing?”
For example, “at least 61 percent of practicing Christians embrace at least one of the ideas rooted in New Spirituality.” This would include karma (do bad, get bad; do good, get good). The Wall Street Journal highlights this in an article, “Curses! Hawaii Can’t Get Tourists to Stop Sending Back Lava” Superstition is incompatible with a worldview that holds God as sovereign.
What is your worldview? How can you determine if your “operating system” is integrated with the Christian faith or something else? More here.
More older couples are ‘Shacking Up’— The New York Times
Cohabitation is trending— and not just among the young generations. As “gray divorce” has doubled in recent years, older, newly-single Americans are now cohabiting outside of marriage at record rates. They describe themselves as having separate lives and putting no demands on one another’s time. Christians, we are called not only to honor and defend our own marriages but to advocate for God’s good design for marriage as the lifelong covenant between one man and one woman. In contrast to the trends of the day, we have an opportunity to bear witness to the goodness of God by making marriage a visible and beautiful testimony in a culture that often dishonors it.
How would you respond to an abortion provider who claims he is “doing God’s work”? Such a man exists and Al Mohler provides a detailed response to his claims that Christian opposition to abortion is new, cultural and unbiblical. He is responding to a New York Times opinion piece, Meet Dr. Willie Parker, a Southern Christian Abortion Provider.
Pence: America will prioritize protecting Christians abroad— Washington Post
Trump promises to protect Christians at Liberty commencement speech— Religion News Service
Both the Vice President and President addressed religion liberty in high-profile speeches over the last week. The essential conversation we must have is this: when we say we are “One nation under God” and when we say “In God We Trust,” what is meant in our ever-more secular society? As you listen to and consider the rhetoric of civil religion, how might you imagine those words are heard by Americans of diverse faiths and no faith at all? When we advocate for religious liberty, are we advocating for the religious liberty of everyone or just Christians?
Christian Governor of Jakarta jailed, found guilty of blasphemy — Christianity Today
Blasphemy laws may seem arcane, but they persist in many nations around the world. Blasphemy laws not only suppress free speech, free expression and evangelism, they are used to privilege one religion over all others. Blasphemy laws are used against religious minorities who speak out against a majority belief system. Blasphemy laws are inconsistent with a pluralistic society. True pluralism does not say “everything is true,” but rather allows differing truth claims to compete freely in the public square.