Posts Tagged ‘christian worldview’

Logic on Fire

March 1st, 2011 No comments

Tonight I begin teaching a truly transformational class at Living Stones College entitled, “Developing a Christian Worldview.” Worldview thinking is radical in that it challenges us to view all of life through the Lordship of Christ. The Apostle Paul reminds us that God has placed “all things” under the feet of His exalted Son! (Ephesians 1:22)

The great Puritan theologian, Jonathan Edwards, said it this way:

“The whole universe, in all its actings, proceedings, revolutions, and entire series of events, should proceed with a view toward God as the supreme and last end; that every wheel, in all its rotations, should move with a constant invariable regard to him as the ultimate end of all.” (Jonathan Edwards, God’s Passion for His Glory)

All of life was to be lived with “a view toward God.” This is what the Puritans called “logic on fire.” It involved loving Jesus with both our minds and our hearts. Living with light in our heads and fire in our hearts! I believe this is exactly what God’s people need to recover if the Church ever hopes to transform our world for the Glory of our Great King!

If you’re free tonight at 6:45pm, stop by and join us for a modern day example of “logic on fire!”

It’s Time to Learn Chinese

August 23rd, 2010 3 comments

While America seems to be running from our Christian roots and the biblical virtue which has provided the rich, moral capital for our unprecedented prosperity, the Chinese seem to be running in the opposite direction. The militant, atheistic communism they have embraced  has proven to be a morally bankrupt worldview providing the Chinese people with no moral compass to direct their day to day activities as a nation. Our Chinese friends are experiencing first hand the abject failure of centralized government and the resulting “naked public square” created by godless secularism. Where are they turning for answers? You may be surprised to find out.

Former Time correspondent, David Aikman interviewed Jiang Zemin, the former leader of Communist China in 2002. Aikman asked what Zemin wished for in regard to China’s future. Zemin’s response caught Aikman totally by surprise and shocked the liberal elites in the West:

      “I would like for my country to become a Christian nation.” (Aikman, David. “A Report on Christianity in China: A Conversation With David Aikman.” Speech at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, September 26, 2002.)

     When asked “Why?” Zemin explained how a panel of Chinese scholars had been assembled to study why China continually lagged behind the West in science, industry, and culture. After examining every possible explanation, they concluded that it was the religious heritage of the West that had allowed it to achieve such greatness. The summarized their findings as follows:

      “One of the things we were asked to do was look into what accounted for the success, in fact, the pre-eminence of the West all over the world. We studied everything we could from the historical, political, economic, and cultural perspective. At first, we thought it was because of a more powerful military. Then we thought it was because you had the best political system. Next we focused on your economic systems. But in the past 20 years we have realized that the heart of your culture is your religion: Christianity. This is why the West is powerful. The Christian moral foundation of the social and cultural life was what made possible the emergence of capitalism and then the successful transition to democratic politics. We don’t have any doubt about this.” (Quoted from Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity is Changing the Global Balance of Power, by David Aikman.)

So while the Chinese are awakening from a bad dream called “atheistic communism” and turning to Christianity for answers, many in America today are ready to jettison biblical morality in favor of secular statism and political correctness.

We can build our foundation on vapid values like those we read in Chinese fortune cookies, or we can establish our lives on the rock-solid principles of the Word of God.

America – its time to listen to our Chinese neighbors and return wholeheartedly to Christ and His Truth. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!