“God created us for a reason – to bring glory to Him and to bring others into a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. We do that by being different, acting different, talking different, and loving as He loved.”
A collaboration by Gale Carter & Alden Labuda
What happens when we realize that God alone defines sin?
The World Finds Hope
At his core, man knows he is sinful and he feels a great sense of guilt and shame as a result, even if only subconsciously. If Christians acted the same as everyone around us and sinned like them too, then there would be no hope for the lost and dying world that they too could find freedom away from their slavery to their sin. By being different from the world, Christians give sinners hope that they can find freedom in Christ as well. Through the example of the Christian, they are able to see for themselves tangible evidence that once God saves a person, he is able to become a new creation who is no longer a slave to his fleshly desires.
The Gospel is Spread
God created us for a reason – to bring glory to Him and to bring others into a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. We do that by being different, acting different, talking different, and loving as He loved. By doing that and sharing the Good News about what Christ did to personally pay the penalty us sinners owe for our sinfulness against a holy and just God, we will then naturally draw others who will desire a relationship with such a gracious, loving Savior and they will want to put their trust in Christ to do the same for them—thus, creating disciples. We multiply as those new followers of Christ then go out and do the same.
Our Faith is Protected
Without a Christian worldview, our faith becomes defenseless, and we can find ourselves vulnerable to new ungodly ideas. Sometimes these ungodly ideas even come across as “plausible arguments,” as Paul writes in Colossians 2:4. Rooted in the Word of God, our view of the world is distinctly Christian. If we maintain this Christian worldview, rooted in a deep understanding of God’s Word, we are more likely to be able to identify false teachings. Without a Godly foundation based on biblical truth, how will we know right from wrong, and how will we protect our faith? Ephesians 4:13 reminds us that our aim as Christians should be maturity of faith. It says that we should purpose to mature to “the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ,” which is to say that we ourselves ultimately begin to look just like Christ. As a result, we are then no longer children, “tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming” (Eph. 4:14). Rather, our feet remain firmly planted on goodness and truth while we image back the beauty of Christ to the on looking world around us.
We Know God More
To me, though, the biggest reason for having a Christian worldview is so we can grow closer to God and know Him more intimately. God’s commandments aren’t meant to be merely a list of rules for the sake of having rules. Rather, these are laws that help us to know and experience the very essence of who God is. God revealed Himself through His Word because He desires for us to know Him intimately. As we marinate on those things that are true, honorable, right, and pure, it is as though God is peeling back the curtain to give us a glimpse into who He is in all of His glory. When we ignore His commandments and redefine sin per our choosing, we effectively taint our ability to take this glimpse into God’s beauty.
God wants us to live out a biblical worldview in all aspects of our life. He wants us to tell every person the Good News and create disciples wherever we can. Having a Christian worldview allows us to discern right from wrong, which will help us create disciples, protect our faith, and to enjoy God to the fullest.