Sovereignty of God
God’s sovereignty is foundationally central in developing a Christian worldview. Without this understanding, our worldview would be like a glass vase square in line with a wrecking ball. Psalm 135:6 says, â€œWhatever the LORD pleases, He does, in heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps.â€ God is in control over all things created. In Isaiah 46:10 it says, â€œ…’My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all my good pleasure.’â€ There is no limits with God inside his character. Not only is God over creation and does what He wills, he is also sovereign over our souls. Romans 9:19-21 is quite clear, â€œ….who resists His will? On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God?â€ The Westminster Assembly helps us, â€œHow do we understand God’s sovereignty over us?â€ It is God’s ‘absolute supreme power’ over us because we are His creatures and he can command us to do that which seems good to Him (Deut. 6:17). Knowing God is in control is foundational.
The Trinitarian principles refers to the fact that there is a one and many principle to our lives. Take the ultimate example of God. God is three in one. God’s three-in-oneness is reflected in his creation. Thus, Christians embrace both individualism and collectivism. We understand that we are individuals with a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Yet, we are also apart of the body of Christ to which we shall not neglect. One, yet many (Rom. 12:5). We embrace the both/and of the objective-subjective, of unity and diversity, the Romantics and the rationalists, and as Francis Schaeffer put it, form and freedom. We cannot fully understand the world in which we live without this principle.
God has set His people apart. From ancient Israel, God told his people to not intermarry between nations (Deut. 7:1-6) and to not do as the other nations do (Deut. 18:9). God knows how our hearts are influenced and He is a jealous God. He wants us to Himself. The phrase â€œbirds of a feather flock togetherâ€ reveals a human instinct; we are mimicking creatures. This then goes to show why it is important for Christians to be in the world and not of it (I Jn. 2:15-17, James 4:4). We are called to not be friends with the world, for, we cannot be friends of the world and with God at the same time. We are a holy (set apart) people and by blurring the lines and dabbling in the world, our Biblical worldview will be affected in some way, shape, or form. As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another (Prov 27:17).
Building a Christian worldview means that we should be active in our growth. We need to work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Phil. 2:12). Most especially, we need to help our children grow into their worldview. Secular humanists following the parenting style of Phil Zuckerman, are all about ‘letting their children choose’, free thought, and questioning authority. As Christian parents, we have no room for this. Our duty and responsibility is to pass on the Biblical worldview. While the foundation is Christ, on these building blocks we can stand.
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On Worldviews-By James Anderson/Ligonier Ministries
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