What is a worldview?
A worldview is the composite of all the beliefs and assumptions that direct how a person views life and, therefore, how a person chooses to live. Our most important beliefs relate to God. If people believe that God is merciful and gracious, that leads them to seek a relationship with God. If they believe that their god or “god-like important idea,” like evolution, is indifferent or cruel, they do not seek a relationship, but seek to appease that god or to find relief or happiness in something else.
A worldview has innumerable other components:
- Is there a positive correlation between our effort and the results in our lives? (“Why should I keep trying?”)
- Are people usually trustworthy? (“Can I trust a long-term commitment like marriage?”)
- Is there anything more important than my personal pleasure and convenience? (“Should I invest time, effort, and money in the kingdom of God and in helping others?”)
- And so on, ad infinitum.
“Worldview” is not just an abstract philosophical topic. It is practical. It makes a difference every day. A worldview does not just affect your child; in a very real sense it is your child. That last statement seems a little extreme, but I am not the first to say it. Proverbs 23:7 says, “As he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”
Our “heart” is the seat of the thoughts (Genesis 6:5), the emotions (Genesis 6:6), and the will (Daniel 1:8). The heart is the place of belief and unbelief (Romans 10:9; Psalm 14:1). The biblical word heart is very much related to the word worldview. Thoughts, beliefs, and emotions shape the will, and the will is manifested in how we choose to live. God commands, “Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23). Certainly, parents are charged to protect the hearts of their children. This is the essence of shaping their developing worldview.
What does an individual’s worldview affect?
OK, not quite everything, but most of the important things in life. Here are a few important areas that will be affected by your child’s worldview:
- Respect for parents and other authorities
- Diligence, and therefore
- Work ethic
- School learning and grades
- Ability to keep a job
- Choice of friends
- And the amount of influence allowed to those friends
- Choice of partner
- Stability of marriage
- How to raise children
Jerry Wass, biblical counselor and Christian school administrator, says that you know that you have succeeded as a parent when you see your children raising their children for the Lord. Raising them “for the Lord” means helping them to develop a biblical worldview.
How is a worldview developed?
A worldview is not something that a child receives on his or her eighteenth birthday. It is forged one interaction at a time, starting before the child even understands words. By the age of five, the basic ideas are set, but they are continually being developed in further detail and revised by new input. There is a major time of reevaluation beginning in the teen years and continuing through the early 20’s. This is the time when the capacity for higher-level reasoning is coming to maturity. The individual reevaluates many of his or her assumptions about life and either solidifies them as his or her own or rejects them. This is a crucial time in each person’s life.
How does Maranatha Baptist Academy help you shape your child’s worldview?
First, we are third.
The home is the primary institution for building Christian worldview. Ephesians 6 and Colossians 3 discuss the nurturing of children in the context of family. God works through His established lines of authority.
The church is also established directly by God “for the perfecting of the saints . . . unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 6: 12-13). These “saints” include the children of the congregation.
But parents are allowed to call in helpers to the task. The main point of Galatians 4 is that the Old Testament law was designed to teach us our need for God’s grace. However, it makes that point by an analogy which assumes that the role of the “school teacher” is right and proper:
Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.
Maranatha Baptist Academy will help you develop in your child a Christian worldview that will stand in this age which attacks those principles from every side. Here’s how:
- Every teacher is a godly role model.
Yes, each teacher must be knowledgeable, competent, and qualified to teach in his or her field, but that is not enough. Before a teacher is selected, we interview the teacher and check the references for evidence of a Christian lifestyle.
- The teachers love their students and work for the development of the whole person: intellectual, physical, spiritual, and social.
- Every class is taught with a biblical perspective.
- Even the co-curricular courses (like music) and the extra-curricular activities (like sports) exist primarily for the development of a godly worldview in every student.
- The administration seeks to honor students when they do right and to compassionately correct them when they fall short of biblical principles.
- There are service opportunities and requirements built into the fiber of our activities. We have a ministry team in the high school that serves through singing, working at local non-profit organizations, and reaching out to those in need.
Maranatha Baptist Academy exists for no other reason than to help parents train up their children in God’s way. That is, we are here to help you develop a Christian worldview in your child.
We would enjoy being a partner with you in developing a Christian worldview for your children. Contact us for a visit. You can also download our Christian School Selection Guide below, which will help you ask the right questions as you visit various school options.