Having established in Chapter 1 our need for a Biblical worldview, Suitt proceeds in Chapter 2 to contrast a Biblical worldview with a merely “Christian” one. At first, I did not care for this nomenclature: I am a Christ follower, so I want my life to revolve around Christ, and thus I should have a “Christian” worldview! However, as Suitt makes clear, the Christian worldview he has in mind is the one embraced by the majority of Christians he mentions earlier — the 91% who do not have an understanding of how to live the abundant life of Christ, replete with peace and joy, despite doing all the right Christian activities.
Suitt defines “worldview” as an interpretive framework that affects opinions, decisions, and actions. In essence, it is a “filter” that strains out some information while letting other info through. A worldview can be influenced by one’s environment, education, life experiences, as well as by conscious choice.
In his definition, a Christian worldview, as opposed to a Biblical one, is based on local traditions, pick-and-choose designer beliefs, and church culture, but not on the Word of God. It is focused on outward behavior and conformity, resulting in a “Christian” lifestyle but not a transformed life.
It is a tragic situation! Jesus is clear that there is only one objective, utterly reliable source of truth. It is not our education, our life experiences, our Christian traditions, or anything else. Rather, it is Christ Himself who is the Truth (John 14:6). It is only His Word that speaks truth to us, and it is only in the Bible where we find an objective record of His Word.
Thus, our Biblical worldview is based solely on the Bible, as the only objective source of truth we have. As we learn to screen everything — all areas of life on a daily basis with the help of the Holy Spirit — through this Biblical “filter”, we find a mindset formed within us that inquires at every moment of opinion, decision, or action: “What does the Word of God say about this?” As we find our minds turning with ever greater regularity to our Father, we experience peace, regardless of our circumstances (Isaiah 26:3, Philippians 4:4-9). We are able to fulfill God’s purpose for our lives as we find ourselves empowered to live His way and experience His life and power.
There is a very interesting, and potentially quite humbling, exercise that closes the chapter. Suitt asks us to keep a log for one day of 15 different decisions that we make. At the end of the day, he asks us to go back through the list and ask ourselves which of those decisions were made based on what God’s Word says and which were made based on what we desire. As a self-proclaimed disciple of Jesus, I went into the exercise thinking I would fare well. But at the end of the day, I realized what a tremendous amount of pride I have. I did not seek God’s input as often as I thought I would. And, much to my shame, in a couple of instances where I did stop to ponder what God would desire, I went ahead and did what I wanted anyway, knowing full well it was not what was best.
Lord, I believe. Help thou mine unbelief!