I got my first pair of glasses when I was just 6. They weren’t just any glasses, they were bifocals and I pretty much hated them. I’m not sure how many pairs I went through during elementary school and junior high, but it was at least a few.
Once, when I was still pretty young, my dad asked me where my glasses were, but I wasn’t sure. I had misplaced them. Not long after that, he came inside from mowing the lawn to say he’d found them…the lawnmower had spit them out the back when he ran over them in the yard.
Eventually, I got contacts, and even later, I sprang for LASIK surgery which has corrected my vision problem once and for all (more or less, anyway).
I distinctly remember sitting in my eye doctor’s office post-surgery, and how absolutely wonderful it was to see clearly with no assistance of any kind.
I’m not sure how familiar you are with the term ‘worldview’ but just like bifocals, contact lenses, and LASIK surgery, a correct worldview helps us see life clearly and correctly.
Recently, I ran across an article about how America has been losing its religion. That much is true. Those who follow these kinds of statistics would tell you that this isn’t really news. It’s been happening for awhile now and it only seems to worsen over time.
Typically, though, these articles tend to blame science for the phenomenon. What caught my attention is that this article had a different culprit in mind: politics.
According to the author, “Religion has lost its halo effect in the past three decades, not because science drove God from the public square, but rather because politics did.”
Based on a recent study, this author reports that a decrease in religious affiliation can be traced to the injection of Christian social views into the political arena. As secularism began to spread a few decades ago, Christians began to campaign and vote with Christian values in mind, resulting in a strong merger between practicing Christians and the Republican party.
Apparently, this trend “disgusted liberal Democrats” and “shocked the conscience of moderates, who preferred a wide berth between their faith and their politics.”
‘A wide berth’….why would we think that religion doesn’t or shouldn’t affect our political thought and activity?
Most likely, it’s because of…
The privatization of religion. The early church was awfully comfortable with the idea that the Christian God was the One True God, and we live in His world. All truth finds its source in Him.
He’s in charge.
We live in His world, and therefore, all things regarding life and how to best live it – including political ideology – fall under His domain.
But things have changed. Thanks to the effects of secularism & naturalism, its common to presume that a person’s religious views are just expressions of individual preference or tradition, devoid of any necessary tether to truth or reality. Therefore, combining personal religion into a political view is simply an imposition of individualized values onto a wider (probably unsuspecting) group.
The homogenization of religion. ‘All religions are the same. They all lead to the same place.’ This, too, is a pretty common assumption, but it’s really easy to refute, once you scratch beneath the surface.
Religions don’t actually tend to teach the same things. The values that they seem to share are usually superficial in nature while their doctrines are quite different. Who we are, where we came from, what’s wrong with the world & how to fix it are drastically different considerations across the faith spectrum, once you take the time to become familiar with each of them.
But as long as that remains a mystery to the masses, people will continue to balk at the idea that any one religion should bear an influence on public policy….even if that religion was heavily involved in the founding of the nation in which they live. Go figure.
What do we do about it?
We desperately need re-education in the arena of worldview. This is especially true for today’s young adults. They’re having trouble seeing clearly, so we need to help them find their appropriate worldview glasses.
If the Biblical God created this world, then, in the same way that He created physical and natural truths which we should wisely observe, it’s a pretty safe bet that He created spiritual and moral truths which we should observe as well.
These would apply to our personal lives, our family lives, and yes, our political lives. He’s built certain features into human society, and we will suffer varying degrees of confusion or even injury until we understand them.
Where do we find those?
In His Word.
(The first step in becoming Biblically literate is establishing your own daily quiet time with God. I have some created some resources for you to help you, if you need them. Click here.)
Recently, I sat down with a friend of mine named Jonathon. He’s one of the brightest young Christian men I know, who happens to be earning his Ph.D. in politics as we speak. I asked Him several questions which will serve as future blogs and videos, but the first question I asked, was …
“Does A Christian Worldview Endorse Any Particular Political Party?”
Unsurprisingly, he gave me some really great insights. You can hear what he has to say by clicking the video below.
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 Derek Thompson, “Three Decades Ago, America Lost Its religion. Why?,” The Atlantic (blog), The Atlantic, September 26, 2019, https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/09/atheism-fastest-growing-religion-us/598843/.