As I’m getting older, I’m realizing that everyone has a worldview whether they admit it or not. Everyone has a set of things they believe, and they think, speak, and act based on those beliefs. Whether it’s a textbook or a teacher, a pastor or a doctor, a mom or even a child, everyone has a worldview.
This was seen to be true a few weeks ago when my family made a visit to the dentist. We had already been seen when one of the “assistant dentists” came out to talk to us about our wisdom teeth (which isn’t the most enjoyable of topics). My dad asked a question about my sisters and I having to get them taken out.
Paraphrasing, of course, (because I don’t tend to write down conversations I have at the dentist’s office), the woman said, “Well, most people have to get their wisdom teeth taken out. Because we used to be meat-eaters and are now eating mainly vegetables, our mouths are becoming smaller and smaller.”
A siren went off in my mind.
Yikes. This woman was a clear believer in evolution.
It’s not like we were at the Smithsonian with a guide discussing dinosaur fossils dating back “billions and billions of years.” We were talking to the dentist.
This scenario just proves that everyone has a worldview; and most likely, it will come out in their everyday lives.
At public schools and in secular colleges, you will be bombarded by the world’s array of worldviews. You don’t have to be in biology class learning about apes to hear a secular worldview. You’ve gotten a major taste of my worldview; and I haven’t yet mentioned a chimpanzee. Your teachers teach from a textbook that was written with a worldview. Most likely, it was a secular worldview. Science, in particular, forces the evolutionary worldview on students. The scientific world claims that the creationist worldview just isn’t “scientific.” It doesn’t sound as intellectual (also known as wordy).
And that is where their worldview comes out.
People like to say that they’re “tolerant” and “not inclusive” of others because it’s politically correct, and it puts them on the pedestal of compassion. But, in reality, they have a worldview; and they’re sticking to it. Most people will not be easily persuaded from what they believe.
So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly My disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32 NASB)
This world will not be free until it has the right worldview. And even though people are hard to dissuade, it is our job nonetheless to tell them the truth. Only then will they be free.
It may sound sophisticated to say that we’re still evolving or that we came from monkeys.
But I think it sounds quite the opposite.
It may sound smarter to say that the earth took millions of years to form; but when you make a statement like that, everyone is catching a glimpse of the worldview where that statement came from. Your worldview should have God written all over it; and if it doesn’t, then it may be time to reevaluate what you’ve been saying and doing.
Only the truth will set you free. Sounding intelligent won’t. People will believe what they believe, but you have a choice to be different. You have a chance to share the truth with a world that’s stuck in itself and its “theories.” The secular worldview may seem smarter and more sophisticated, but it won’t give you freedom.