- Biblical Worldview
We take biblical worldview and its infusion here at LCS very seriously. Here's how and why.
Last month, I began sharing how we implement a biblical worldview at Liberty Christian School by explaining the Christian Philosophy of Education (CPoE) project required of all faculty and most administrators.
In this month’s blog, I’d like to share about our Introduction to Biblical Worldview Course, required of all staff, which focuses on three foundational tenets:
• The definition of “biblical worldview”
• The importance of a biblical worldview
• How a biblical worldview is expressed at LCS
Each part is comprised of a 20-minute lesson accompanied by a reflection essay. The goal is to establish a common foundation, framework, and trajectory for infusing a biblical worldview into every aspect of our school community.
For example, faculty and staff come to understand that within the three primary worldviews (Theism, Pantheism, and Naturalism), a biblical worldview is distinct within Theism, and from many contemporary definitions of “Christianity.” A biblical worldview…
“… is more than simply seeing things through the ‘lens’ of Scripture. For as perfect as that lens is, because of our sin nature the ‘seeing’ is inherently flawed. A biblical worldview takes this into consideration, through which Scripture becomes both the lens and the transformative power necessary to see clearly — that we would comprehend how GOD sees Himself, the world, and His people. (1 Samuel 16:7; Psalms 119:18; John 16:13; Ephesians 1:17-18, et al).”
The course continues by explaining why a biblical worldview is important, using a modern illustration. Mormons, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin, Nancy Pelosi, members of the Westboro Baptist Church, and Joel Osteen all claim to be “Christian.” Yet their fundamental beliefs about God, Jesus, and the Bible are so disparate that it’s not possible for all of them to be biblical Christians. In other words, simply professing to be a Christian does not make it so (cf. Matthew 7:21-23). We must therefore be precise in our definition of biblical Christianity, which stems from a biblical worldview, to mitigate the confusion (and sometimes deception) our culture foists upon our students.
Finally, the course explains more specifically how we live out a biblical worldview at LCS. First, like musicians in a grand orchestra, God has gifted each of us uniquely. However, for things to work well we must all play according to the same musical score — a biblical worldview. As such, we are to love God ABOVE everything, WITH everything, and each other as HE loves us. As role models of Christ, we must be above reproach, obvious in our devotion to Him, and peculiar to the world. We must introduce our students to the biblical Jesus and invite them into His kingdom in every sphere of influence — not just Bible classes or Chapel. We must encourage and equip students to move from mere intellectual assent (“I believe in Jesus”) to transformed lives (“I live like Jesus”).
Ultimately, our mission is to “inspire and equip leaders to change the world for Christ.” Knowing which “Christ” we serve (biblical vs. cultural) makes a HUGE difference in how we effectively accomplish that mission!
As I asserted last month, we take biblical worldview and its infusion here at LCS very seriously. Next up, the 3P Method of Biblical Worldview Infusion.
Rick Allen serves as Liberty Christian's Biblical Worldview Coordinator. Read his previous blog posts on the CPOE in the links below.
• The Christian Philosophy of Education Project
• What is a biblical worldview?
- Biblical Worldview