What is a worldview? It is simply the way in which we view the world and understand why it functions as it does. Just as a person with corrective glasses has a very different view of the world when those glasses are off, so too we all have quite differing views of the world, based on the worldview that we hold.
Developing a worldview from the Bible
As Christians we are called to view and understand the world as God would have us understand it. Since God reveals himself in his word, a Christian gains understanding of the world from their reading of God’s word, the Bible.
It is imperative that the Christian not only understand his own biblical worldview. We need to develop a biblical worldview to inform ourselves as to what our calling and purpose is; to help us see our mission as God sees it. And we need to develop a biblical worldview in order to see Christ’s reign spread throughout the world.
Poet T.S. Eliot spoke of the need for Christians to think in worldview terms: “The purpose of a Christian education would not be merely to make men and women pious Christians. A Christian education would primarily train people to think in Christian categories.”
Author Charles Colson said, “The church’s singular failure in recent decades has been the failure to see Christianity as a life system, or worldview, that governs every area of existence.”
The role of the Christian school
Part of our task as a Christian school is to help students understand the world as God would have us understand it. We are not about creating pious men and women but young people who think everything through from a biblical perspective and seek to live as God intends in every aspect of their life.
“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life…” (Phil 2:12-16)